AAmerica’s 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 distributed by the White House late on Saturday evening. 57 senators found ex-President Trump guilty of having “incited the deadly revolt against our democracy”.
In a brief review of the presidential election questioned by Trump and the events that followed, which finally led to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, killing five, Biden spoke of “a sad chapter in our history”. This had shown that democracy is fragile and must always be defended.
“Soul of the Nation Must Be Healed”
Now this conflict must be ended and the soul of the nation healed. “This is the task that lies ahead of us that we must tackle together,” warned Biden. “As United States of America,” Biden concluded, with the word “United” underlined.
The Senate had acquitted Trump in the impeachment proceedings of the charge of “inciting riot”. 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 Senate conviction. 50 Democrats and seven Republicans voted to condemn Trump.
Trump himself was pleased and used his acquittal to announce that his political movement was only just beginning and called the proceedings against him a “witch hunt”. “Our historical, patriotic and beautiful movement to make America great again has only just begun,” said the Republican. “ The re has never been anything like it!” Trump thanked the Republican senators for acquittal. The Democrats tried to undermine the rule of law.
On January 6, supporters of the elected president forcibly stormed the Capitol. Congress met there to officially confirm the election victory of Trump’s successor Biden. Five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer. Trump had stirred up his supporters immediately before that the election victory had been stolen from him. Among other things, he said: “If you do not fight like the devil, you will have no more land.”