President Trump, Madam Speaker, Donald Trump discussed on Pat Thurston
So we ask ourselves what do we do? What is our responsibility? What should we say? In light of on Lee, the civil war. As an analogy. That doesn't mean there haven't been demonstrations in Washington before and demonstrations throughout this country before. But it is the first And only physical presence other than The 9 11. Attack on this nation. Which came from abroad. Had a plane aimed at our Chapel Dome. This attack. Was not from abroad. It was as list, Janey said. Summoned Assembled. And inflamed. The president. The United States. Of America. Who unless, Cheney said words. If there has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I pride myself as a member of this Congress who for 40 years Has worked in a bipartisan fashion. With many Of your leaders and due to this day What are we to remain silent? In the face of Liz Cheney's saying This was the greatest betrayal. The duty of the president, United States in history. Are we just stand silent? Will we stand silent? Will we not stand up? And say. This. Is not acceptable. Madam speaker For four years, Donald Trump has made no effort to hide his ambitions. Or his lacking of Republican principles. Not our principles. But the principles that Abraham Lincoln was just quoted as having said Your president. Our president. Has never displayed those in the four years he's been president, United States There's a lot of little constraint on his worst inoculations. His desire for autocracy and his glorification of violence have not been tempered. Rationalized. Rationalized. By those who sought to profit financially and politically. From their proximity to power. Upon the foundations of virtue. Reason and patient wisdom Laid down by George Washington As our first president Donald Trump Trump has constructed a glass palace of lies, fearmongering. And sedition. Last Wednesday on January 6th, the nation in the world, watched it shatter to pieces. There can be no mistaking any longer than the kind of man sitting in the Oval Office or his intentions and capabilities. The curtain has been pulled back. Office to which he was elected could not temper or reform him. Washington's legacy was passed down to us not as written decrees. Mr Speaker of the House is not in order. Gentlemen, the Germans correct the house will be in order. Washington's legacy was passed down to us not as written decrees. But understood norms. How we all act how we ought to conduct ourselves. Term after term, Each occupant has observed those norms out of a recognition that our constitution's articles, they're not the only preservative. Of our democracy. For more than two centuries, Madam speaker whenever those norms were tested in strained good and virtuous citizens. On both sides of the aisle. Found common purpose and reaffirming Those norms. Memory fades. From time to time, it must be refreshed. Madam speaker is the framers emerged from the Constitution Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked whether they had made America Monarchy or republic. Probably all of us know this response. Republic. He answered. If You can keep it. That's the question today. If We can keep it. The way we keep it is to say. No. Actions. And words. That do not Promote the keeping. Of that republic. For millennia. People have understood that the republic is only a stable is in last thing as the citizens. And leaders who commit themselves to its upkeep. This president shown us He's not committed to that project. His tweets. Every day. I've shown he has not committed to that project. Indeed, he openly disdains it and appears to prefer the alternative. But what of the rest of us? Those off who have the honor and the great privilege and the weighty responsibility. Represent the views of 750,000 of our fellow citizens. We in this Congress have an opportunity. No. A duty. To demonstrate our commitment both as leaders and its citizens. Keeping America a republic. Republic that reserves its differences not through Being ordered to come to the capital to prevent them from Stealing the election. Which was an absurd assertion from the very first day it was made. We cannot erase. The last four years about him speaker. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can look to the ideals and principles inherited from great president. Like Washington. Like Jefferson. And yes, certainly. Like Abraham Lincoln. And Franklin Roosevelt. And from outstanding Americans like Frederick Douglass. Harriet Tubman. Susan Anthony sees all shivers, Martin Luther King Thurgood Marshall. Our beloved John Lewis. And, yes, RBG. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Who taught us a lot about equality and inclusion. It's up to us to restore the vibrancy. Out of speaker of our democracy by reaffirming Our commitment to the norms they passed on to us and entrusted to our care. To make that possible. Madam Speaker, we must rise to this moment. Not only affirm the virtues we cherish What Reject. Devices. We have whore. That's what I'm asking my fellow representatives on both sides of the aisle to do today. We all stood and we have poured the violence. That occurred. And the threat to the very democracy that we hold so dear and swore an oath. To protect and uphold. Reject to see Reject fearmongering. Rejects edition. Tyranny. An insurrection. Reject the demand for fealty to one man over Fidelity to one's country. When I address the house during the debate over the articles of impeachment in December, 2019 I said the following We need not ask. Who will be the first to show our courage by standing up to President Trump. The question. We must ask. Who will be the last Find it. Senator McConnell. Represented Cheney a number of other representatives who have spoken on this floor with great courage. Madam Speaker. Because there is much fear of Donald Trump. There is much fear of Donald Trump's tweets. There is much fear of Donald Trump's Retribution. For opposition. In my view, Donald Trump demands absolute loyalty. And gives none in return. I hope others will join. Liz Cheney. I hope others will be honest with themselves and with their constituents. His list. Chaney was saying there has never been a greater betrayal by a president, United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. Don't dismiss that. She's the daughter of the vice president, United States. It was the whip. When I came to Congress..