Rep. David Cicilline, D- R.I., spoke Feb. 10 as House Democrats made their case for why the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection during the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
Cicilline argued that Trump “abdicated his duty to us all” when he refused to intervene as rioters “desecrated” the Capitol.
“It can’t be that the commander in chief can incite a lawless, bloody insurrection and then utterly fail in his duty as commander in chief to defend us from the attack — to defend our law enforcement officers from that attack — and just get away with it,” Cicilline said on the Senate floor.
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