Joe Biden accepts that "democracy is fragile" after the acquittal of Donald Trump

Joe Biden Accepts That “democracy Is Fragile” After The Acquittal Of Donald Trump

The president, Joe Biden, acknowledged last night that the acquittal of Donald Trump in the impeachment trial against him shows that “democracy is fragile” and, therefore, asked all Americans to “defend the truth and defeat lies.”

Only by using the truth, Biden argued, will the United States be able to end the “non-civil war” between Democrats and Republicans and “heal the soul of the nation.”

“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That you always have to defend it. That we must always be alert. This violence and extremism have no place in the US. And each of us has the duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and defeat lies, “he said.

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Biden, who came to power on January 20, took a position in a statement Saturday night, hours after the United States Senate acquitted Trump of the charge of “inciting an insurrection” in the assault on the Capitol on January 6. January, in which five people died.

The final score of the vote was with 57 senators in favor of the conviction and 43 against, insufficient figures for the Democrats who needed a majority of 67 votes to sanction the former president, something that from the beginning seemed highly unlikely.

Yet seven Republicans voted to convict Trump for “inciting an insurrection”: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Bill Cassidy, Pat Toomey and Richard Burr.

Therefore, despite the acquittal, it is the presidential impeachment that has received the most bipartisan support of the four in US history, a list that includes the trials against Andrew Johnson (1865-1869), Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and both against Trump.

In this regard, Biden highlighted the support of several Republicans for the conviction and argued that, although the final vote did not lead to a punishment for Trump, “the content of the charge is not in dispute.”

That is, according to Biden, no one doubts the role that the former president played in encouraging his followers to stormed the Capitol, an aspect that the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, highlighted during his final speech on Saturday, when he said that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for what happened.

Biden, a centrist Democrat, came to power with the difficult task of uniting the country and ending the polarization that has dominated American politics for the past several years.

The impeachment of Trump lasted only five days, as both parties had opted for a speedy process without witnesses.

The process will go down in history in two senses: because it made Trump the first American president to face and be acquitted in two political trials – after the one held a year ago for his pressure on Ukraine – and because he had never before undergone a trial. “Impeachment” to a president when he is no longer in power. EFE News

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