This is his first comments on the acquittal of his predecessor, nearly seven hours after the vote.
“Today, 57 Senators — including a record 7 Republicans — voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy,” Biden said in the statement. “The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives. While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute.”
“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,” the president added.
“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile,” Biden wrote. “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. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of America,” he concluded, underlining “United” for emphasis.
Louisiana GOP votes to censure Sen. Cassidy
Minutes after Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., voted to convict President Donald Trump, the Louisiana GOP voted to censure him. Cassidy was one of seven Republicans to vote Saturday to convict former President in the Senate impeachment trial.
“The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana has unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote cast earlier today to convict former President Donald J. Trump on the impeachment charge,” the Republican Party of Louisiana said in a statement.
A censure officially condemns a politician, but does not carry any further power, such as removal from office.
Pelosi blasts McConnell, others who voted to acquit as ‘cowardly group of Republicans’
“It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate shut down so that the Senate could not receive the Article of Impeachment and has used that as his excuse for not voting to convict Donald Trump,” Pelosi said.
“What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options, because they were afraid to defend their job, respect the institution in which they serve,” Pelosi said.
Asked about McConnell’s statement on the floor suggesting that Trump still was liable criminally or civilly for his actions in office, Pelosi interrupted the reporter and said his speech was “disingenuous.”
“I don’t know whether it was for donors or — or what. But whatever it was, it was a very disingenuous speech. And I say that regretfully, because I always want to be able to work — work with the leadership of the other party,” she said. “And for him to have tried to have it every which way — but we will be going forward to make sure that this never happens again.”