Raphael Warnock Condemns Senate Republicans for ‘Historic Abandonment’ of ‘Basic Democratic Framework’
Freshman Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia on Friday admonished the 35 Senate Republicans who united to filibuster the establishment of a bipartisan congressional commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.
“Sometimes we’re standing in the midst of a defining historical moment, and we miss the magnitude of it all,” Warnock said in a speech on the Senate floor as reported by The Huffington Post.
“I think there were some people who slept through the Civil Rights Movement, quite frankly, who didn’t understand that in a real sense it was a fight to save the country. Not just the South, not just Black people, but the country,” said Warnock. “We are in a renewed, 21st-century fight to defend our democracy so that we might pass on a future that’s worthy of all our children.”
The Senator accused the GOP and supporters of former President Donald Trump of committing an “historic abandonment” of the “basic democratic framework” by blocking efforts to uncover the truth and bring justice to those who are responsible for the deadly attack.
January 6th saw “an attack on the votes of the people of Georgia and people all across this country. All of us are here as representatives of a democracy that folks on the other side have decided they’re not willing to defend. Some things ought to be bigger than politics. This is about truth,” Warnock continued.
“It’s ironic that this would happen [on Memorial Day] weekend, because all of us will go back to our home districts, and we will celebrate great patriots who paid the ultimate price to defend our democracy on bloody battlefields, and we have politicians who are not even willing to stand up on the Senate floor for what’s obviously right,” he added.
Trump’s seditious stunt “was an unabashed exercise in attempted disenfranchisement, and now we have seen that attack metastasize to state capitals all across the country,” Warnock said, noting the draconian voter suppression bills being debated and signed into law in dozens of Republican-led states.
“This is a defining moment. Somebody’s got to stand up and defend our democracy. “The integrity of the democracy is at stake,” Warnock warned. “Let’s have the arguments about the size of government, let’s have the arguments about health care, taxes, education, infrastructure. But what has made this country work, with all of those challenges, is that we have a general framework in which those arguments take place, and what we are witnessing in this moment is a historic abandonment of that basic democratic framework.”