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McConnell: "The Framers Built The Senate To Keep Temporary Rage From Doing Permanent Damage To Our Republic"

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Ahead of the final votes in the Trump impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged his colleagues to consider the historic consequences of impeaching President Trump.

"We simply cannot let factional fever break our institutions. It must work the other way, as Madison and Hamilton intended," he said before repeating this twice: "The framers built the Senate to keep temporary rage from doing permanent damage to our republic."

MITCH MCCONNELL: So, colleagues, whatever policy differences we may have, we should all agree this is precisely the kind of recklessness -- the kind of recklessness -- the Senate was created to stop.

The response to losing one election cannot be to attack the office of the presidency. The response to losing several elections cannot be to threaten the electoral college. The response to losing a court case cannot be to threaten the judiciary. The response to losing a vote cannot be to threaten the Senate. We simply cannot let factional fever break our institutions. It must work the other way, as Madison and Hamilton intended. The institutions must break the fever. Rather than the other way around.

The framers built the Senate to keep temporary rage from doing permanent damage to our republic.

The framers built the Senate to keep temporary rage from doing permanent damage to our republic.

That, Mr. President, is what we will do when we end this precedent-breaking impeachment. I hope we will look back on this vote and say this was the day the fever began to break. I hope we will not say this was just the beginning.



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