The following statement was issued by President Joe Biden following the Senate acquittal of former President Donald J Trump

Almost two weeks ago, Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was in honor of the Rotunda after he died on Aug. Had lost his life on January 1st, 2021 to protect the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob

Today 57 senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty of instigating this deadly uprising in our democracy.The Senate vote followed the inter-party vote to get him out of the House of Representatives indicting While the final vote did not result in a conviction, the content of the indictment is indisputable. Even those who oppose the conviction, such as Senate minority leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a “shameful breach of duty” and was ” practically and morally responsible for provoking the violence sparked on the Capitol “

Tonight I think of those who stood valiantly on guard that January day I think of all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who are still living with terror today, that they witnessed that day. And I think of those who have shown the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected officials and election workers – before and after the elections

This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must always be vigilant. This violence and extremism have no place in America. And that each of us as Americans and especially as Leader has the duty and responsibility to defend the truth and defeat the lies

This is how we end this civil war and heal the soul of our nation. This is the task ahead and this task we must take on together, Like the United States of America

Donald Trump

World News – FI – Text: Statement by President Joe Biden on the acquittal of Donald Trump by the Senate