Last Friday, the president turned heads when he went off on the NFL at a rally for Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Luther Strange, asserting that players who sit out the national anthem in protest of the treatment of African Americans — players who he termed “sons of bitches” — should be fired.
Rep. Al Green is among those who have had enough of the president’s belligerence. In a speech on the House floor this Tuesday — from the Republican side of the chamber, no less — the Texas Congressman announced that he would force a vote on an impeachment resolution against Donald Trump next week.
Although some would argue that the president’s comments do not constitute an “impeachable offense,” that determination is ultimately up to one group of people and one group of people alone — members of Congress. Although Rep. Green’s resolution will no doubt fail, it will still be interesting for Congresspeople to be forced to go on record as either supporting the president above all other concerns or not.
Speaking before the House chamber, Rep. Green, identifying himself as “a person who believes in his country, who salutes the flag, and says the pledge of allegiance and sings the national anthem,” said:
‘I rise to denounce these comments that have been made because they have brought discourse to a new low. Mr. Speaker, this is a level of indecency that is unbecoming the presidency… I rise to say to the world that this is not what America is all about… I rise to announce, that… next week… I will bring a privileged resolution before the Congress… and I will call for the impeachment of the president.’
Privileged resolutions are given, as their name implies, privilege in consideration over other matters, with the topic at hand being normally relevant to the dignity or integrity of the legislative body. The Speaker of the House — Paul Ryan — seems to be able to determine whether or not so-called privileged motions really do warrant special consideration, so the exact fate of Rep. Green’s resolution remains to be seen.
Rep. Green has pushed for the impeachment of the president in the past, having co-filed an article of impeachment against the president over the summer following the president’s abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey while he was helping lead the Russia investigation.
Watch Rep. Green announce his plan to push for the president’s impeachment below.
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 26, 2017
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