(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement regarding the impeachment of President Donald John Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives. On January 6, 2021, Trump incited a violent insurrection against our democracy, when he charged up a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from fulfilling its Constitutional duty to count electoral ballots that have duly elected the next President and Vice President of the United States:
"Today’s vote to impeach Donald John Trump is a necessary step in protecting our democracy. Leading up to the January 6, 2021 insurrection, false allegations of voter fraud and unfair elections were widely spread by Trump and his administration to his base of supporters, conspiracy theorists, and extremists. Speaking at a rally a week ago as Congress convened to certify the results of the 2020 election, Trump told his supporters, “And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Immediately following his speech the U.S. Capitol was sieged by insurrectionist domestic terrorists. Lives were lost and people wounded.
“As we still struggle to navigate through this unspeakable experience that will go down as a stain on our nation’s history, we must find a path of healing with unity and defend our constitution. Trump’s actions have endangered the security of our nation, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government. It’s abundantly clear that Trump is a threat to our democracy and must be held accountable for his actions.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean & Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.