Ahead of the final votes in the Trump impeachment trial, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a plea for Democrats not to "lose hope" if the president is acquitted.
CHUCK SCHUMER: I direct my final message not to the house managers, not even to my fellow senators but to the American people.
My message is simple: Don't lose hope.
There is justice in this world. And truth. And right. I believe that. I wouldn't be in this government if I didn't. Somehow, in ways we can't predict, with God's mysterious hand guiding us, truth and right will prevail. There have been dark periods in our history. But we always overcome. The Senate's opening prayer yesterday was Amos 5:24. "Let justice roll down like water, righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
The long arc of the moral universe, my fellow Americans, does bend towards justice. America does change for the better. But not on its own. It took millions of Americans hundreds of years to make this country what it is today. Americans of every age and color and creed who marched and protested, stood up and sat in, Americans that defended this beautiful democracy in its darkest hours.
On Memorial Day in 1884, Oliver Wendel Holmes told his war-weary audience that, quote, "Whether one accepts from fortune her spade and will look downward and dig, or from aspiration her ax and cord and scale the ice, the one and only success which is yours to command is to bring to your work a mighty heart."
I have confidence that Americans of a different generation, our generation, will bring to our work a mighty heart to fight for what's right, to fight for the truth and never, never lose faith.