Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do'
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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin quoted activist Abbie Hoffman during his Golden Globes acceptance speech to condemn the violence at the Capitol last month. 

Sorkin, who wrote the screenplay for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” recited a quote from the activist and member of the Chicago 7 about democracy as he accepted the Best Screenplay – Motion Picture award at the 78th annual Golden Globes. 

Hoffman was one of the defendants in the trial that inspired the movie after he was charged for crossing state lines with the intent of starting a riot as part of protests in Chicago. 


“I don’t always agree with everything the characters that I write do or say,” Sorkin said. 

“But here’s something Abbie said, ‘Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat. But it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles,’” Sorkin recited.  

"I don't need any more evidence than what happened on Jan. 6 to agree with this," he added before concluding his speech. 

Sorkin referenced the riot at the Capitol this year when supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE stormed the building, resulting in five deaths and scores of officer injuries that day. The Capitol raid led the House to impeach Trump for the second time before the Senate later acquitted him. 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” beat out “Promising Young Woman,” “Mank,” “The Father” and “Nomadland” for the best movie screenplay.