House Democrats – who don’t want to acknowledge that more than one group was responsible for the violence during the Charlottesville, Virginia,. riots over the weekend – are calling on Congress to impeach President Trump.
During a press conference Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump refused to conform to the media narrative that only white supremacist groups perpetrated the violence in Virginia. Following the president’s remarks, two House Democrats, Rep. Gwen Moore, (D-Wis.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), renewed calls for his impeachment.
Moore made a plea to Republicans to initiate the impeachment process against President Trump in a Twitter post, so it was sure to get attention. She wrote: “My Republican friends, I implore you to work w/ us within our capacity as elected officials to remove [Donald Trump] as [President of the United States]. #Impeach45″
Moore attached the following statement:
“As we once again hear Donald J. Trump defend those responsible for the deadly riot in Charlottesville and receive praise by hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis, the time has come for Republicans and Democrats to put aside our political differences and philosophical debates for a higher cause. For the sake of the soul of our country, we must come together to restore our national dignity that has been robbed by Donald Trump’s presence in the White House. My Republican friends, I implore you to work with us within our capacity as elected officials to remove this man as our commander-in-chief and help us move forward from this dark period in our nation’s history.”
— Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) August 15, 2017
Speier also took her request to Twitter, her post focused on denigrating the president and inciting fear, writing that the president’s actions place the U.S. in “grave danger.”
Speier wrote: “POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation. Speier’s claim that the president is showing unstable conduct and decreased mental capacity indicate she believes he can be removed due to “incapacitation.”
Democrats have been calling for the president’s impeachment since he was still the president-elect.
One of the most vocal Democrats ranting about impeachment is frequent Donald Trump critic Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). She has repeatedly vowed to fight the president, and says she will do so “every day until he’s impeached.”
She has called the president a “liar,” said his “actions are contemptible,” and continued to claim that he and his campaign “colluded with the Russians to undermine our democracy,” even though she’s admitted there has been no evidence to substantiate that claim.
Another Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.), has already introduced an article of impeachment. He accuses President Trump of obstruction of justice, saying he interfered with the FBI’s investigation into collusion between Russia and his campaign during the 2016 election.
Only Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) has signed the bill, to date. Green has also called for Trump’s impeachment.
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