President Joe Biden late on Saturday, Feb. 13, issued a statement on the acquittal of former President Donald Trump, stating that “the substance of the charge is not in dispute.”
Earlier in the day, the Senate voted 57-43, with 7 Republicans joining Democrats to acquit Trump on an article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Biden, in his statement invoked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who did not vote to convict Trump, but accused the former president of provoking the violence.
“While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute,” Biden wrote. “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.”
Citing the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, Biden said he was thinking of those who protected the Capitol during the riots, those who died or remain in danger, as well as those who “demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy” before and after the election.
Sicknick, a longtime officer with Capitol Police, died on Jan. 7, one day after the riot. According to early media reports, Sicknick died after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. However, more than a month after the incident, the Washington, D.C. medical examiner’s officer has not revealed yet why Sicknick died.
Biden concluded his statement by drawing on his previous calls to unity to heal “the soul of the nation.”
“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. 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,” Biden said.
“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 added.
However, recent reports have shown that Democrats, including Biden, did what they are accusing the former president of.
According to The Federalist Papers website, “Biden has a long history of challenging people to physical altercations and encouraging others to do so while dismissing the actions of those who have caused real-world harm.”
The report listed at least 5 times when the new president embraced the idea of violence against his political opponents, notably Biden said he wanted to “beat the hell” out of Trump before a crowd of people at the University of Miami in Florida in March 2018.
“When a guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’” Biden said. “They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”