During Democratic President Joe Biden's inauguration speech, he called for unity in a country more divided by ever.
The next day, at a press conference, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California was asked whether impeaching former President Trump would undercut Biden's message.
When asked if an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump would undercut a message of unity, House Speake… https://t.co/IUi7rzqacF— Reuters (@Reuters)1611253200.0
Pelosi answered forcefully, saying:
"I don't see that at all. I think [not impeaching Trump] would be harmful to unity."
Nancy Pelosi resoundingly rejects the idea that moving forward with Trump's impeachment trial is harmful to unity.… https://t.co/hEtH7v4cz6— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1611252580.0
@Reuters You cannot skip justice and arrive at peace. To paraphrase MLK.— bajansouthpaw (@bajansouthpaw)1611253428.0
Pelosi continued, explaining:
"Just because he's gone now ― thank god ― you don't say to a president, 'Do whatever you want in the last months of your administration' … because people think we should make nice-nice and forget that people died here, that [Trump attempted] to undermine our election, to undermine our democracy, to dishonor our Constitution."
@Reuters @umairh Yup. I don't understand why his apologists think that their opinion on what will promote unity is… https://t.co/OHuYArHA6C— Neil McRoberts (@Neil McRoberts)1611254432.0
@Reuters Unity is not lack of accountability— Deb L. (@Deb L.)1611253493.0
The Speaker of the House made it clear unity does not mean ignoring everything that's happened in the past several months.
"Joe Biden said it beautifully: 'If you're going to unite, you must remember. That's our responsibility, to uphold the integrity of the Congress of the United States. That's our responsibility, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And that is what we will do."
@Reuters There’s a difference between striving for unity and holding people accountable. Gotta take the trash out to clean things up.— The Player To Be Named Later (@The Player To Be Named Later)1611254333.0
@Reuters And @SpeakerPelosi is so very correct!— Maya Manna (@Maya Manna)1611254981.0
@Reuters https://t.co/9MHnlfBrBt— njevancik (@njevancik)1611257850.0
The House of Representatives impeached President Trump the week before he left office, making him the only President in history to be impeached twice.
@Reuters Good job!! Don't back down!— Richard Servello (@Richard Servello)1611253502.0
@jbendery @HuffPost It it does not go forward than are we saying as a country that a President can incite an insurr… https://t.co/c185CySpeE— Maria Schenetzke (@Maria Schenetzke)1611254011.0
@jbendery Please, let's be clear: Trump committed a criminal act by inciting a riot and starting an insurrection. W… https://t.co/4zpnV2xEKi— Bevan Davies (@Bevan Davies)1611259542.0
When asked whether she had any specific date in mind for sending the House's impeachment documents to the Senate, Pelosi responded:
"Nope. It will be soon, as I said. You'll be the first to know."
@jbendery @HuffPost Where are the news articles discussing republicans inability to acknowledge the big lie and how… https://t.co/VgjZIOUxEV— Diogenes (@Diogenes)1611252878.0
@jbendery @HuffPost No unity without accountability. Lies are not just different opinions.— Kate Pallos (@Kate Pallos)1611253319.0
Pelosi was given huge props by Twitter users who were eager to make sure the government didn't confuse unity and accountability.
@Reuters @umairh Spot on!— me (@me)1611254137.0
@hugolowell @fishlimit598 Accountability will lead to unity. I know I am preaching to the choir but I find it ironi… https://t.co/lcl0GpVd7r— TakeAKnee WearAMask GOPIsATerroristOrganization (@TakeAKnee WearAMask GOPIsATerroristOrganization)1611246553.0
Nancy Pelosi wants America to know acknowledging the wrongdoing of the past is important to finding peace and unity as a nation.