President Trump is to blame for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring wearing blackface in the 1980s, says one member of Congress.
Texas Congressman Al Green says the scandals that have engulfed the southern state are “a symptom” of Trumps’ influence on the country.
When we allow bigotry to infect the body politic with impunity at the highest level, other levels will expect impunity for their bigotry. Gov. Northam’s refusal to resign for his bigotry is a symptom. Failure to act on Pres. Trump’s bigotry is the problem. #ImpeachmentIsNotDead
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) February 7, 2019
“When we allow bigotry to infect the body politic with impunity at the highest level, other levels will expect impunity for their bigotry,” Green tweeted this week.
“Gov. Northam’s refusal to resign for his bigotry is a symptom. Failure to act on Pres. Trump’s bigotry is the problem,” he added, ending with the hashtag “ImpeachmentIsNotDead.”
Green did not provide any evidence for his accusation of bigotry by Trump.
While some Democrats are waiting for the Mueller report before making an impeachment push, Green simply doesn’t care.
During remarks on the House floor on Thursday, the Texas congressman said he was taking a stand against “bigotry and hatred.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 7, 2019
He said the “refusal” of Northam to resign is at “the presidential level.”
Green said he understands “why this level bigotry is going to be tolerated to a certain extent, because we don’t want to take on the president.”
He said we need to “impeach bigotry from policy emanating from the presidency.”
Green added, “We have a moral imperative to do so.”
He bellowed that he’s had enough after “400 years” of “bigotry and hatred and slavery and all of these other uglinesses.”
“We’ve had 400 years to deal with it and we haven’t,” Green said, despite America existing for only 242 years.
Green went on to demand an impeachment vote, despite lacking any evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” called for in the Constitution.
“There will be a vote on impeachment regardless as to what the Mueller Commission says,” he concluded, “Bigotry in policy will not be tolerated.”
Green was then admonished by the Chair for “engaging in personalities towards the President.”