After Democrats had a huge victory throughout the U.S. in state and local races, another Democrat is vowing he will take President Donald Trump on directly. In an announcement from Rep. Al Green (D-TX.), he has vowed he will force an impeachment vote in the House by Christmas.
The chances of such a vote going anywhere are slim to none with all Republicans expected to vote it down. However, it’s a solid step for Democrats in establishing they will not allow Trump to get away with just anything.
‘Mr. Speaker, I rise because I love my country. Mr. Speaker, because I love my country, I rise to thank those who voted to reject bigotry, racism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, sexism, hatred in all of its forms, Mr. Speaker. I rise to thank them… And Mr. Speaker because I love my country and because I cannot accept these things, Mr. Speaker, I refuse to accept hatred. I refuse to acquiesce to any forms of bigotry. Mr. Speaker because I rise to reject these things, I now announce that before Christmas there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism. There will be a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives Mr. Speaker on the impeachment of the president. Mr. Speaker, this vote will take place before Christmas because there still is a need for the public to weigh in.’
If you stood up and applauded that speech, we won’t blame you. We did too.
As one of Trump’s harshest critics, Green has long been fighting to see a vote on impeachment be brought up.
Rep. Green had previously introduced articles of impeachment in the House back in October. However, at that time, he claimed he wanted his fellow Democrats to weigh in. At that time, Rep. Green remarked:
‘[Trump] has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity and has brought disrepute onto the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the American people and is unfit to be president.’
In his most recent announcement, Rep. Green noted there would be consequences on his end; however, he was fine with that.
‘I am proud to say this vote will take place. I’m proud to say that I am an American, and while I have been told there will be political consequences for what I will do, I accept the consequences. I accept the consequences because I was not born in Congress… I’m a child of God, and I refuse to come to Congress and acquiesce to bigotry and hatred.’
He noted that it could be voted to table or be rejected entirely; however, he had to answer to his conscience. Obviously, being a conscientious human being is more important than having a seat in the House of Representatives to Rep. Green.
‘Whatever others will do is their choice. My conscience dictates I will vote to impeach.’
Rep. Green is not the only one who supports impeachment. He can definitely count on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA.) to be a yes vote on an impeachment vote.
The vote will only serve as symbolic as it will most likely crash and burn on the House floor. Green will also surely face harsh consequences because of his actions. However, history has always shown trailblazers had to suffer consequences before the mainstream joins in the fight against hatred, racism, and evil.
Twitter users weren’t afraid to join in and voice their support for impeaching Trump, however. You can check out their responses below.
— lentil soup 🥑 (@lentiilsoup) November 8, 2017
This makes me smile. pic.twitter.com/FhGDOEZTs7
— Ade Z. (@ade8090) November 8, 2017
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