It was practically two weeks in the past that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor within the Rotunda after dropping his life defending the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021.
At present, 57 Senators – together with a file 7 Republicans – voted to search out former President Trump responsible for inciting that lethal riot on our very democracy. The Senate vote adopted the bipartisan vote to question him by the Home of Representatives. Whereas the ultimate vote didn’t result in a conviction, the substance of the cost isn’t in dispute. Even these against the conviction, like Senate Minority Chief McConnell, consider Donald Trump was responsible of a “disgraceful dereliction of responsibility” and “virtually and morally liable for upsetting” the violence unleashed on the Capitol.
Tonight, I’m desirous about those that bravely stood guard that January day. I’m desirous about all those that misplaced their lives, all these whose lives had been threatened, and all those that are nonetheless at present dwelling with terror they lived via that day. And I’m pondering of those that demonstrated the braveness to guard the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officers and judges, elected representatives and ballot employees – earlier than and after the election.
This unhappy chapter in our historical past has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it should at all times be defended. That we should be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that every of us has an obligation and accountability as Individuals, and particularly as leaders, to defend the reality and to defeat the lies.
That’s how we finish this uncivil struggle and heal the very soul of our nation. That’s the job forward. And it’s a job we should undertake collectively. Because the United States of America.