Transcript for Mitt Romney delivers remarks on Capitol breach
Are also hearing strong words from senator Mitt Romney the only Republican senator. Who pulled voted to convict president trapping impeachment trial one year ago has been harsh. In his condemnation in the weeks since the election he spoke on the senate floor. President. Today was heartbreaking. And and I was shaken to the core. As I thought about the people I've met in China and Russia and Afghanistan and Iraq and other places who yearn for freedom. And look to this building and these shores. As a place of hope. And I saw the images being broadcast around the world. And it breaks my heart. I've Tony five grandchildren many of them were watching TV. Thinking about this building whether they're Graham I was OK. I knew I was okay. I must tell you as well I was proud to serve with these men or women. There's an extraordinary group of people I'm proud to be. Us member of the United States senate. And deeply people of integrity. As we do here today. Now we gather. Due to very selfish man's injured pride. And the outrage of supporters who we had deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today it was an insurrection. Incited by the president. Of the United States. Those who choose to continue to support of the dangers gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election. Will forever be seen. As being complicit. In an unprecedented. Attack against our democracy. Fairly or not. They'll be remembered for their role in their shameful episode. In American history. That will be their legacy. I salute center are Langford. And left learn brawn and Danes and I'm sure others who in the light of today's outrage. Have withdrawn their objection. For any who remained insistent on an audit in order to satisfy the many people who believe that the election was stolen. I'd offer this perspective. No congressional audit. Is ever gonna convince these voters particularly when the president will continue to say that the election was stolen. The best way we can show respect for the voters who were upset. Is by telling them the truth. That's the Bergen. That's the duty of leadership. The truth is that president elect Biden won the election president drop lost. I've had that experience myself it's no fun. Scores the courts the president's own attorney general state election officials both Republican and Democrat average that unequivocal decision. And in light of today's set of circumstances I asked my colleague do we layer all political fortunes more heavily than we weigh the strength of our republic. The strength of our democracy. And the cause of freedom what's the way to personal acclaim. Compared to the weight of conscience. Leader McConnell said that the vote today is the most important in his 36 years of public service think of that. Authorizing two wars voting on two impeachment. He said that abdic as the ball reveals something about the election. It's because this vote reveals something about us. Urge my colleagues to move forward with completing the electoral count. To refrain from further objections and he unanimously affirm the legitimacy. Of the presidential election. Thank you Mr. President.
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