We knew this was coming.
Fox News reports that Rep. Al Green, a liberal Democrat from Texas, filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump during a rant on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Of course, the move was little more than a stunt, grist to please his rabid left-wing constituents, as the articles effectively expired after Green declined to take further action such as forcing a vote (though Green’s office is teasing a possible future reintroduction leading to a vote):
“Today, I rise to use the constitutionally prescribed political process of impeachment to speak truth to the most powerful man on earth, the president of the United States of America,” Green said in a speech on the House floor.
Accusing Trump of betraying “his trust as president” by embracing racism, Green referenced Adolf Hitler and made the point that Trump can still be removed from office even if he didn’t commit a crime.
“The public has been led to believe that a president must commit a crime to be impeached, which is not true,” Green said. “If any president persisted with the lie that ‘Hitler was right,’ he would be, and should be, impeached not for a crime, but for betraying his trust as president.”
Green’s resolution covered four articles of impeachment.
One accused the president of “inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting and disparaging women and certain minorities.” Another alleged Trump brought “shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism and neo-Nazism.”
Another still condemned Trump for saying “three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.”
The fourth article accused the president of “encouraging law enforcement officials to violate the Constitutional rights of the suspects in their case.”
Well, you have to give Green points for originality, at least — he didn’t cite Russia.
Of course, he then loses all the rest of his points for his actual articles being so utterly stupid. As I covered last month, it’s technically correct that impeachment is primarily about fundamental betrayals of public trust, and that a specific violation of law is not required … but based on what Green has presented here, there’s more basis to impeach him than there is Trump.
Why? Because he’s actually betraying his constituents’ trust by lying to them. Trump is plenty bombastic and frequently degrading to a litany of individuals, but it’s a lie to suggest he reserves that treatment for women or minority groups (last I checked, for instances, white males dominate mainstream media editorial boards). “Associating the presidency with bigotry” is just a repackaging of leftist slander.
Whether three to five million illegal votes occurred in 2016 is unconfirmed, but not debunked (and there’s plenty of reason to believe it could have happened). As for encouraging law enforcement to violate suspects’ rights, he’s referring to a simple one-liner in a speech, not any sort of actual policy directive.
Fox News adds:
Green’s push is not supported by many senior Democrats, even as they rail against the president.
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, told The Hill in response to Green’s threat: “We’re not there yet,” despite Trump having done “really terrible things.”
If Green brings back the measure, it’s likely that lawmakers in the GOP-controlled House would vote to set aside his resolution. This could still put some Democrats in a bad spot, as they would likely face pressure from outside liberal groups to vote against tabling the articles.
Democrats facing the choice of either angering the lunatic base they’ve been feeding for years, or signaling to sane Americans what they’d rather be doing instead of the people’s business? Sounds good to us!