All nine Massachusetts members of the U.S. House voted to impeach President Trump for a second time on Wednesday, exactly one week after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol and disrupted lawmakers’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
The Bay State representatives, all Democrats, offered stirring remarks in House floor speeches and through statements before and after casting their votes.
Here are excerpts from what they said:
U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark
“Suffragist and abolitionist Lucy Stone said: ‘If we speak the truth fearlessly, we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things,'” the assistant House speaker began.
“The truth is, President Trump incited a violent attack against the United States government. The truth is, President Trump spent his presidency inflaming hate, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and violence. The truth is, he was enabled by all those who perpetuated the lie that the most secure election in our nation’s history was stolen. The truth is that these seditious actions left five dead, our Capitol besieged, our security threatened, and our democracy hanging in the balance. And the truth is, a vote to impeach is our resounding declaration that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
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