President Joe Biden issued a press release Saturday night time after Donald Trump was acquitted of impeachment a second time, saying that the “substance of the charge” in opposition to him — incitement of revolt — was “not in dispute.”
He additionally stated all Americans have an obligation to “defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
Seven Republicans joined Democrats in a 57-43 Senate vote to convict Trump, nevertheless it was far wanting the two-thirds required.
Biden pointed to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voted to acquit as a result of he claims it’s unconstitutional to convict a former president.
“Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and ‘practically and morally responsible for provoking’ the violence unleashed on the Capitol,” Biden wrote.
The president honored those that protected the Capitol in the course of the assault, in addition to those that battled to guard democracy.
“I’m thinking about all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who are still today living with terror they lived through that day,” he wrote. “And I’m thinking of those who demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy — Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected representatives and poll workers — before and after the election.”
He added: “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
That is “how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation,” he concluded. “That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of America.”
Trump earlier within the day issued his personal preening assertion following his Senate acquittal, portraying himself as a champion of the Constitution and legislation and order.
He didn’t as soon as discuss with the lethal storming of the Capitol that claimed 5 lives.
Instead, Trump boasted of himself as a “champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.”
He blasted Democrats for doing precisely what he has been accused of: “Given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance.”
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