"The domestic terrorists did what Donald Trump wanted them to do. They seized the Capitol," he said. "They searched the halls of this building for the vice president who they came to hang for treason. They overran the office of the speaker, who they came to assassinate."
Mr. Cicilline asked his Republican colleagues who don't plan to vote for impeachment, "is this the country you want to live in?"
DAVID CICILLINE: Donald Trump lost his bid for re-election last November. It was a free and fair election. In fact, President Trump's own election security director called it the most secure election in US history.
But for two months now, Donald Trump has refused to accept the will of the American people. Over and over again, he's told his supporters he didn't really lose. The election was stolen from him and from them. And as they grew angrier and angrier over this perceived injustice, he told them there was still a way to keep him in power.
So as Congress prepared to meet for the sacred ritual of certifying the results of the presidential election, the president made his move. He directed his supporters to travel to Washington for a rally to stop the steal. They did.
He then-- once assembled, he had one final request, march on the US Capitol. Do what it takes to help me hold onto power. We will never give up. We will never concede, he told them. You don't fight like hell, he warned, you're not going to have a country anymore.
The people on the ellipse that day heard his message loud and clear. They answered his call for insurrection. As the third-ranking Republican in this chamber put it, he summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.
Armed with guns, pipe bombs, bats, shields, zip ties, and more, they set their sights on the US Capitol. They stormed the citadel of our democracy. Hundreds of domestic terrorists did what Donald Trump wanted them to do. They seized the capital and tried to end our country's 234-year experiment in democracy, as the Trump family and White House aides watched gleefully on television.
They searched the halls of this building for the vice president, who they came to hang for treason. They overran the office of the Speaker, who they came to assassinate. They sought, above all else, to seize control of our government in the name of Donald Trump.
Let that sink in. The terrorists who stormed this building planned to hang the vice president, kill the Speaker, and topple our government. They took down the American flag and replaced it with a Trump flag. I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who are not planning to vote for this article, is this the kind of country you want to live in?