After the chaos of the last few hours, climaxing in the House passing a resolution – largely along party lines – condemning Trump for suggesting that four progressive freshman congresswomen of color “go back” to their countries, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) introduced, for the third time in two years, articles of impeachment against President Trump.
The Texas congressman, who notified Democratic leaders of his decision on Tuesday, said the House must impeach Trump for racist remarks.
“What do you do when the leader of the free world is a racist? What do you do? Well, here’s what you do. You file a resolution condemning the president for racist comments directed at members of Congress. What do you do? You file Articles of Impeachment,” Green said.
“These two things are not mutually exclusive, we can do this — condemn for the comments who have been made — and we can do this, impeach for the harm that the comments have done.“
While this is Green’s third attempt to impeach the president, it is the first time since Democrats took control of the House.
“I think that we should not have this level of bigotry emanating from the president of the United States of America,” Green said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“He is clearly making racist comments… The question becomes: What do we do about it?”
“To tolerate bigotry – racism in this case – is to perpetuate it. We should not perpetuate this kind of behavior coming from the president, and if we don’t check him, he will continue.”
As The Washington Post reports, Green’s move will force House Democrats to deal with the issue in the near term because of the privileged nature of the resolution.
Under House rules, Democratic leadership can decide to try to table the impeachment articles, effectively killing them for now and risk criticism from the party’s liberal base; refer them to the House Judiciary Committee for possible consideration; or allow the vote to proceed.
If leaders do nothing, Green can force a vote on the impeachment articles in two legislative days.
The move comes as more than 80 members of the House have called for launching an impeachment inquiry, but the floor vote will also force all House Democrats to go on the record about an issue where they have yet to reach consensus.
However, as NBC News notes, some Democratic leaders have resisted impeachment, fearing that it would distract from the party’s policy agenda, could rally Trump’s base, isn’t popular with the public and is doomed to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.