Rep. Wild Statement on Vote to Impeach the President
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) released a statement following the House vote to impeach President Trump:
“Today, I took a vote I never expected to take—a vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump for inciting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. I am heartened that this vote today was a bipartisan one, and that a number of members of the Republican party did their duty and voted to defend the Constitution and hold this President accountable.
“As elected officials, we take an oath to protect this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. In no uncertain terms, the President has violated this sacred oath—inciting an insurrection that cost five lives, including a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, and placed the Vice President, elected officials, Capitol staff, and our very democracy in grave danger.
“What happened last week must never be allowed to happen again. And today, we demonstrated to our nation and to the world that our democracy is still strong and that no one is above the law.
“To those saying this is divisive, I say that accountability should not be. It should be unifying. It is the patriotic obligation of every member of Congress to reaffirm our democracy and protect it in our time and for generations to come, and our chamber—Republicans and Democrats alike—should have been unified by this weighty responsibility today. If there is one notion that should bind together every American citizen it is the understanding that keeping the democratic republic our founders entrusted to us is our privileged responsibility—a responsibility that no allegiance to any political party, or individual, should be able to undermine.
“Those who sought to attack our democracy last week failed. And today’s vote reaffirmed that our form of government is stronger than the actions of those who wish to subvert it for personal gain. I will continue to work to ensure those responsible for the attack on the Capitol are held responsible so our nation can heal.”