President Joe Biden late on Saturday weighed in on Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate where the ex-president was acquitted.
Biden said this chapter in America’s history reminds us that democracy is “fragile” and “must always be defended.”
The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump and say he’s guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. Despite this, President Biden said the facts aren’t in dispute.
“The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives,” Biden said. “While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. 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.”