President Trump, United States, Madam Speaker discussed on Here & Now


Our constitutional duty and to his great credit. The vice president, the United States following the Constitution of the United States of America, notwithstanding the fact that he was opportunity by the president. Not to do so. That mob sent by the president To stop the steel. Did so for a few hours not to steal but the constitutional duty that we had So we asked 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 Capitol Dome. This attack. Was not from abroad. It was as less, Janey said. Summoned Assembled and inflamed. By the president of the United States of America who enlists, 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 but 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. It can be no mistaking any longer 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 to craze but understood norms. How we ought to 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 are 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. Out of speakers. 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. Yeah. We can keep it. The way we keep. It is to say no. Actions. And words. That do not Promote the keeping. 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. Shown he is 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 to 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 resolves 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. Madam Speaker. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can look to the ideals and principles inherited from great presidents. 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 but reject. Devices. We have whore. That's what I'm asking my fellow representatives on both sides of the aisle to do today..

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