WATCH: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addresses Senate After Turbulent Day

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addressed the U.S. Senate from the Senate floor late on Wednesday night following the violence that broke out at the Capitol Building.

“The United States Senate will not be intimidated,” McConnell said. “We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution for our nation. And we are going to do it tonight.”

“This afternoon, Congress began the process of honoring the will of the American people and counting the Electoral College votes,” McConnell continued. “We have fulfilled this solemn duty every four years for more than two centuries. Whether our nation has been at war or at peace, under all manner of threats, even during an ongoing armed rebellion and Civil War, the clockwork of our democracy has carried on. The United States and the United States Congress have faced down much greater threats than the unhinged crowd we saw today. We have never been deterred before and we will not be deterred today. They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed.”

“This failed attempt to obstruct the Congress, this failed insurrection, only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our Republic,” McConnell continued. “Our nation was founded precisely so that the free choice of the American people is what shapes our self-government and determines the destiny of our nation. Not fear. Not force. But the peaceful expression of the popular will.”

“We assembled this afternoon to count our citizens’ votes and formalize their choice of the next president,” McConnell concluded. “Now we are going to finish what we started. We will complete this process the right way, by the book. We will follow our precedents, our laws, and our Constitution to the letter. And we will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress. This institution is resilient. Our democratic republic is strong. The American people deserve nothing less.”

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