President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Jan. 13 for inciting an “insurrection” in Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that left five people dead.
Ten Republicans broke from their party to impeach the president for the second time in two years, the first time ever a U.S. president has been impeached twice.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who represents the 5th District of Massachusetts and is the assistant speaker of the House, said in a statement Trump has been chaotic, divisive and has sown hate and violence throughout America.
“His presidency has been a series of policies and pronouncements meant to brutalize and denigrate some while amassing power for himself and his enablers,” she said. “On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, his years of craven despotism resulted in a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol and on American democracy. The insurrection was incited by Donald Trump’s months-long lie about the integrity of the 2020 election, a lie further inflamed by Members of Congress who swore an oath to defend the very democracy they now desecrate."
The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. His first impeachment in 2019 was for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate acquitted him of those charges.
“The truth is that a seditious President’s actions have left five Americans dead, our Capitol besieged, our security threatened, and our democracy hanging in the balance,” Clark said. “The truth is a vote to impeach is the only way to ensure that ‘the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’”
Clark said the images of the angry rioters who stormed the Capitol is something she’ll never forget.
“This moment must be a turning point for America; a moment that we reject partisan excuses that allow white supremacy to continue terrorizing America, a moment that we come together and demand accountability as one body, as one America, united in our commitment to democracy and justice,” she said. “America, be undeterred, be determined and be hopeful. While today we are in darkness, on Jan. 20, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will take office, and we will rebuild a more just, inclusive America. A new beginning is ahead.”
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