Following the acquittal of Donald Trump, Sunrise Movement’s Political Director, Evan Weber, released the following statement:
“On January 6th, Donald Trump incited a violent mob of treasonous white supremacists to attack the US Capitol. On Saturday, 43 Republican Senators, whose own lives hung in the balance that day, voted for no consequences. There is no clearer sign that the GOP is an irredeemable party of violence – they vote for bills that perpetuate gun violence, the violence of hunger, the everyday violence of poverty, the violence of our fossil fuel economy; and now, they’ve acquitted a man who incited a violent insurrection.
If 10 Republicans won’t even work across the aisle to convict the man who deployed a deadly attack on them, how will Democrats convince 10 or more of them to take meaningful action to rebuild our economy, tackle the climate crisis, or do any of the basic work of the American people?
The time is now to abolish the filibuster so that the Democratic majorities in Congress, elected by significant majorities of the American people. The stakes for our country, democracy, and planet could not be higher. If Democrats do not abolish the filibuster, and instead continue to seek compromise with a Republican Party who is comfortable with violent sedition, they will be unable to deliver for the American people in this moment of overlapping crises. If Democrats don’t deliver in this moment, future Presidents Days will recognize Trump’s second term, or perhaps an even more authoritarian President Josh Hawley with runaway climate catastrophe, where there won’t be much of a future to recognize at all.”