Sen. Markey on Capitol Hill Chaos: ‘They Should Be Punished Severely'

The Massachusetts Democrat speaks on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump and the Capitol Riot

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Calling the second impeachment of Donald Trump a scarlet letter on his presidency, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey thinks a conviction in a Senate trial is possible.

“It’s going to be very hard for any Republican to deny the fact that Donald Trump did in fact incite an insurrection against the American people,” Markey said Saturday.

He said the mob that stormed the capitol committed acts of treason.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., honored the fallen members of the Capitol Police who died in or after the Capitol riot and thanked those who still stand guard.

There have been allegations that members of Congress may have helped the rioters, and Markey said there needs to be an investigation to see if there was any collusion.

“If there are members of the House or Senate who actually were collaborating with these white nationalists, with these terrorists, then they should be punished severely,” the senator said. “Expelled from Congress, face criminal charges.”

President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office in a few days, with the pandemic raging and the vaccine rollout moving slower than expected.

“The development of the vaccine was warp speed,” Markey said. “The delivery of the vaccine is snail speed. It’s a disgrace.”

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Markey said the vaccine distribution is an indication of the incompetence of Trump, whom he called the most disgraced president in United States history.

“Donald Trump will be remembered as someone who tried to make America great again by making America hate again,” he said.

Trump has said he won't attend the inauguration, but Markey said he should, to show the world this country stands for a peaceful transition of power.

“He doesn’t care because it’s not about him and, since he’s not being inaugurated, he doesn’t care,” Markey said.

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