U.S. President Joe Biden issued a statement as the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump concluded.
“Nearly two weeks ago, Jill (First Lady Jill Biden – G.A.) and I paid tribute to Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknick, buried in the Rotunda after he died Jan. 6, 2021, defending the Capitol from a violent and riotous mob,” the statement read.
“Today,” the document goes on to say, “57 senators, including … 7 Republicans, voted to find former President Trump guilty of inciting this deadly insurrection against our very democracy. The Senate vote followed a bipartisan House vote to impeach him. While the final vote did not result in a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those who oppose the verdict, such as Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump is guilty of “shameful misconduct” and “practically and morally responsible for instigating the violence unleashed at the Capitol.”
“Today I think of those who bravely stood guard on that January day,” Biden continued. – I think of all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who still live in the fear they endured that day. And I think of those who showed courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected congressmen and poll workers – both before and after the election.
“This sad chapter of our history reminded us of the fragility of democracy. That it must always be protected. That we must always be vigilant. (That) this violence and extremism has no place in America. And that we all have a duty and a responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to protect the truth and defeat the lies,” President Biden reminded us.
“So, we end this anti-civil war and heal the very soul of our nation,” the president summed up. – The solution to this task lies ahead. And it’s a task we must solve together – as the United States of America.”