Days after President Trump made headlines for telling 4 Democratic Congresswomen of color to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Representative Al Green of Texas introduced a measure to impeach the president for making, what many Democrats have said were, overtly racist comments.
Though 68% of Americans called the tweets “unamerican,” with only 57% of Republicans agreeing with what was said despite a near 90% party approval rating, there was a near bipartisan consensus that Tweets alone are not nearly enough to remove a president from office.
Trump had implied in his tweet that because the four unnamed Congresswomen originally came from desolate, crime ridden, and collapsed nations, they should not have a say in how the American government is run. One problem arises, however. Rep. Ilhan Omar, of the four individuals the tweet was intended to target, was the only one to originate from another country. Rep. Omar was born in Somalia and moved to the US as a refugee while she was a child. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Tliab, and Rep. Pressely were all born in the US, and implying anyone, no matter how unamerican their values may be, should leave the country because of a political disagreement is wrong.
Though the tweets were not racist as they targeted individuals for their ideal, rather than racial groups for aesthetic membership, the House did pass a measure condemning the statements made by President Trump as “racist.”
Pelosi was later rebuked by the House Parliamentarian for violating long standing rules which forbids members of Congress from making personal attacks against the President or each other while on the House floor.
“Green forced the vote by reading his proposed articles of impeachment on Tuesday night,” according to NBC.
Despite unanimous agreement among Democrats, and 3 Republicans, that the Tweets were racist, 137 of them voted with every Republican in tabling Rep. Al Green’s motion to impeach President Trump over his allegedly racist tweets in a 332-95-1 vote. The majority were joined by Rep. Amash, the sole Independent in Congress. One member voted ‘present.’
This is just the latest in a long line of impeachment attempts made by Democrats since Trump took office in 2017, but this is the first ‘on the record’ vote regarding any formal impeachment measure since Democrats took majority control of the House. There were two other impeachment attempts by Green, one of which in 2018 was focused on Trump’s ‘s***hole’ comments about poverty stricken and war prone nations. If this shows anything, it’s that Democrats are not living a trigger happy term where they’d bite at any opportunity to remove Trump from office, even if the charge does not meet the constitutional threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Green had told reporters that he considered “bigotry” to be ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ and that this motion was unrelated to the Mueller testimony scheduled for next week.
Trump’s comments “have legitimatized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” Green said Tuesday night on the House floor. “Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States, is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office.”NBC
Democratic leaders, while eager to find a reason to remove Trump from office, are hesitant to endorse just any justification.
“We have six committees working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in,” she said at a news conference. “That is the serious path we’re on — not that Mr. Green is not serious, but we’ll deal with that on the floor.”NBC
Pelosi would rather devote House resources to investigating Trump and find an actual impeachable offense than use mean comments as justification.
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