Sunday February 14th 2021
Nation needs to be healed
Biden: “End of a sad chapter”
Donald Trump also survived the second impeachment trial. But for US President Biden, all major charges have been confirmed. But now the country has to look ahead.
US President Joe Biden has rated the impeachment acquittal of his predecessor Donald Trump as the “end of a sad chapter” in American history. “Even if the last vote did not lead to a conviction, the essence of the allegation is undisputed,” said Biden in a statement circulated by the White House. 57 senators found ex-President Trump guilty of “inciting the deadly revolt against our democracy”.
In a brief review of the presidential election questioned by Trump and the events that followed, which led to the storming of the Capitol with five dead on January 6, Biden spoke of “a sad chapter in our history”. This had shown that democracy is fragile and must always be defended.
Now this conflict must be ended and the soul of the nation healed. “This is the task that lies before us that we must tackle together,” warned Biden. “As United States of America,” Biden concluded, with the word United underlined.
The US Senate had acquitted Trump of the charge of “inciting riot” in the impeachment proceedings. A majority of 57 senators voted for a condemnation of the Republican on Saturday, but they missed the two-thirds majority of 67 votes necessary for a condemnation in the Senate. 50 Democrats and seven Republicans voted to condemn Trump.