President Joe Biden leaves the White House to spend the weekend in Camp David, in Washington on Feb. 12, 2021. (Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden late on Saturday responded to the Senate’s vote to acquit former President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment for “inciting” the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.
Biden said the events of Jan. 6 and the outcome of the impeachment trial are a reminder that “democracy is fragile,” according to a statement released hours after the upper chamber’s vote. He called on Americans to stay vigilant and to ensure that democracy is always defended.
“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,” Biden said. “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.”
The Senate on Saturday voted 57-43, resulting in an another acquittal for Trump. Democrats needed 67 votes in order to convict the former president.