Biden urges Americans to ‘stand together’ even as he backs partisan impeachment effort

President-elect Joe Biden made a plea this week for Americans to “stand together as a nation” while, in the same breath, giving his official stamp of approval to the impeachment of an outgoing president who has just days left in office.

According to the New York Post, Biden issued a statement Wednesday calling on the Senate to hold President Donald Trump “accountable” after the House voted to do the same earlier that day.

Biden’s latest blunder

House Democrats impeached Trump 232–197 for the second time just one week before Biden is set to be sworn in, thanks in part to the support of 10 Republicans, the Los Angeles Times noted. Under the circumstances, an impeachment trial in the Senate will not conclude before Trump’s term is over.

In his statement, Biden applauded the House for its “bipartisan” decision and condemned Trump for having incited “an armed insurrection” by his supporters at the Capitol last week.

“Today, the members of the House of Representatives exercised the powers granted to them under our Constitution and voted to impeach and hold the president accountable,” Biden said. “It was a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience.”

The president-elect capped off this indignant message with a rather jarring appeal to unity.

“I have often said that there is nothing we can’t do, if we do it together,” he said. “And it has never been more critical for us to stand together as a nation than right now.”

“Other urgent business”

Notably, about half of Americans, and the vast majority of Republicans, oppose impeaching Trump again, as NBC News reports. Many observers have said that the move contradicts Biden’s messaging.

At the same time, Biden and his allies are reportedly concerned that a Senate trial could overshadow the start of his presidency.

Close Biden ally Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has suggested a 100-day pause on the impeachment proceedings so that Biden can get moving, while Biden has implored the Senate to make time for both.

In his Wednesday statement, Biden asked the Senate to “find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment” concurrently with “other urgent business,” such as addressing the coronavirus pandemic and confirming his Cabinet appointments.

“From confirmations to key posts such as Secretaries for Homeland Security, State, Defense, Treasury, and Director of National Intelligence, to getting our vaccine program on track, and to getting our economy going again,” he wrote. “Too many of our fellow Americans have suffered for too long over the past year to delay this urgent work.”

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