Here’s what members of the Massachusetts delegation said about Trump’s second impeachment

All nine Massachusetts members of the U.S. House voted to impeach President Trump for a second time on Wednesday, exactly one week after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol and disrupted lawmakers’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The Bay State representatives, all Democrats, offered stirring remarks in House floor speeches and through statements before and after casting their votes.

Here are excerpts from what they said:

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

“We are debating this historic measure at an actual crime scene, and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the president of the United States,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, said as he kicked off a rules debate from the floor of the same House chamber breached last week during the Capitol siege.

“At a rally, just a mile and a half down Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump and his allies were stoking the anger of a violent mob,” McGovern continued. “Even though, according to his own administration that this election was the most secure in our history, Donald Trump repeated his big lie, that this election was an egregious assault on democracy. Vice President Pence, he said, was going to have to come through for us. Trump then told his mob to walk down to the Capitol. The signal was unmistakable: These thugs should stage a coup so Donald Trump can hang on to power, the people’s will be damned.”

McGovern said the country “came under attack, not from a foreign nation, but from within.”

“Some of my colleagues on the other side have suggested that we just move on from this horror. But to gloss over it would be an abdication of our duty,” McGovern said. “Others on the Republican side have talked about unity. But we can’t have unity without truth and without accountability, and I’m not about to be lectured by people who just voted to overturn the results of a free and fair election.”

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton

“There are more troops right now in Washington, D.C., than in Afghanistan. And they are here to defend us against the commander in chief, the president of the United States, and his mob,” Moulton said as members of the National Guard stood watch in the Capitol complex. “I would ask my colleagues to look at the faces of those young Americans defending democracy, defending us, and find an ounce of their courage to do the right thing — as several Republicans have — and take a tough vote for the future of democracy.”

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark

“Suffragist and abolitionist Lucy Stone said: ‘If we speak the truth fearlessly, we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things,’” the assistant House speaker began.

“The truth is, President Trump incited a violent attack against the United States government. The truth is, President Trump spent his presidency inflaming hate, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and violence. The truth is, he was enabled by all those who perpetuated the lie that the most secure election in our nation’s history was stolen. The truth is that these seditious actions left five dead, our Capitol besieged, our security threatened, and our democracy hanging in the balance. And the truth is, a vote to impeach is our resounding declaration that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan

“I stand before you today in disbelief — disbelief that after the president incited a violent mob to commit an act of insurrection and remained silent as police officers were assaulted, the Capitol was ransacked and members of this body fled for their lives. That there are still members of his party who refuse to hold him accountable,” Trahan said. “It’s because of that inaction that there is only one path forward to put an end to this presidency. Donald Trump must be impeached, removed from office, and barred from ever holding the office of the presidency again.”

U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss

Auchincloss delivered his first floor speech as part of the House impeachment debate.

“A mob desecrated our Capitol, killed a police officer and attempted to overthrow our government on the orders of the president of the United States,” he said. “Immediate impeachment is our duty under a Constitution that compels us to defend against enemies foreign and domestic.

“As a Marine officer, I defended our democracy from foreign enemies. As a Member of Congress, I am solemnly resolved to defend it from domestic ones. With this vote, we strike a blow for moral leadership.”

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley

“Donald Trump continues to be the most pressing threat to our democracy and our national security. Every day that he remains in office poses a grave threat to the American people. The House has carried out our solemn duty to impeach him, and now our colleagues in the Senate must act with the urgency this moment demands to convict and remove him and bar him from seeking elected office ever again,” Pressley, who is in isolation after her husband, Conan Harris, tested positive for COVID-19, said in a statement.

“History will forever remember Donald Trump as the twice-impeached President who led one of the most cruel and corrupt administrations in American history. Following today’s vote, the House must undertake immediate, comprehensive and transparent investigations into the harrowing white supremacist attacks that took place on January 6 to understand how these violent extremists were able to breach our Capitol, the help they may have had from the inside, and what must be done to ensure an attack like this can never happen again. Our work to protect our democracy continues,” she continued.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch

“It is beyond dispute that President Trump incited a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop the House and Senate from fulfilling our Constitutional duties. That traitorous attack resulted in the injury and death of civilians and law enforcement,” Lynch said in a statement.

“Mr. Trump’s words and actions have made it necessary to deploy 14,000 National Guard personnel to defend the Capitol. His scurrilous conduct has demonstrably proven that he is unfit to exercise the duties of his office and that he is a danger to our democracy and national security,” Lynch continued, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “bring the Senate back into session” to begin an impeachment trial and saying, “For the good of the country and to preserve our democratic republic, President Trump must go now.”

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal 

“What occurred last Wednesday afternoon was an affront to our historic republic, and the President illustrated his complete inability to lead this country with honor and effectively fulfill his constitutional duty,” Neal said in a statement, adding, “We are a nation built on rule of law, not the law of rulers. Last Wednesday, the President incited an insurrection and today I voted once again to impeach him.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Keating

Keating tweeted, “My vote to impeach Donald Trump today was the clearest-cut vote I’ll ever have to make in Congress.”

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