President Joe Biden added himself to the list of disappointed Democrats following former President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal in the Senate on Saturday.
In a statement, Biden predictably blamed the Jan. 6 riot on his predecessor, decrying it as a “sad chapter in our history” that has “reminded us that democracy is fragile.”
Biden’s statement comes on the heels of the Senate voting 57-43 to acquit Trump of “insurrection,” though oddly not a single ‘guilty’ vote similarly characterized the exact same behavior demonstrated most of last year by countless Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and plain ol’ anarchists.
All Democrats voted to convict; seven Republicans joined them.
Here’s Biden’s full statement:
It was nearly two weeks ago that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor in the Rotunda after losing his life protecting the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021.
Today, 57 Senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives. 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.
Tonight, I am thinking about those who bravely stood guard that January day. I’m thinking about all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who are still today living with terror they lived through that day. And I’m thinking of those who demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected representatives and poll workers – before and after the election.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, in response to his acquittal, Trump accused Democrats — and those pesky RINOs — of acting to destroy the rule of law and the Constitution with not one but two nonsensical and wholly unnecessary impeachments:
Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.
It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.
It should be noted as well that Democrats’ embrace of Officer Sicknick is new; throughout last year’s rioting, Democrats routinely blamed sided with the attackers while backing society-killing measures like defunding police. Vice President Kamala Harris called for endless riots and helped raise bail money for those arrested for committing violence; Nancy Pelosi called federal and local officers defending a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., “storm troopers.” Chuck Schumer threatened two conservative Supreme Court justices.
So yeah, their sudden affinity for the police rings about as hollow as it gets. But it hasn’t stopped them from using the officer’s tragic death for cheap political parlor tricks.