Texas Congressman Al Green took a shot at fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments arguing against impeaching President Trump, alleging the House Minority Leader’s words trivialize his campaign to unseat Trump for “hateful, harmful, bigoted policies.”
Green also alleged the president’s policies discriminate against Jews, despite Trump’s widely heralded decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem to recognize the city as Israel’s eternal capital – a feat prior presidents have tried and failed to accomplish.
“The May 11, 2018 edition of The Dallas Morning News quoted leader Pelosi as follows: ‘We have elections. Go vote if it’s a policy thing and a behavior thing. I don’t know if you can get impeached for being a jerk, but if we did this guy would be long gone. But that’s not unifying.’
“Reducing President Trump’s hateful, harmful, bigoted policies to his being a jerk trivializes the impact of his bigoted policies on Jews, Latinos, African Americans, women and the LGBTQ community,” Green said in a video posted to Facebook Monday.
Green stood at a podium on a desk void of everything but his name placard. He was framed by the American and Texan flags, with large portraits of civil rights icons Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. hanging on the wall.
“Trivializing his bigotry also allows Trump supporters to hypothesize that while Trump may be an objectionable jerk, he’s not an impeachable bigot, which is not true,” he said. “Donald Trump is more than a contemptable, obnoxious person, he’s the most powerful person on earth.
“His hateful, harmful tweets can and have become policy. His words can move markets. He’s not just some jerk, he’s the President of the United States with a bigoted policy agenda,” Green said without providing a single example. “He’s the quintessential person impeachment was designed for.”
Green is among a minority of Democrats within the party who want to impeach President Trump over a litany of grievances, from the unproven allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to the president’s penchant for disarming his critics with catchy nicknames.
Green, along with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, have led the call to unseat the president, with the latter campaigning to “Impeach 45!” at every public appearance, even eulogies and memorial services.
Green introduced legislation to move forward with impeachment, which was rejected hours after it was introduced with a vote of 364-58, which included only five of 36 Texans in the House siding with Green, The Texas Tribune reports.
The resolution accused Trump of “high misdemeanors” that rendered him “unfit to be President.” It cited examples like Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, his criticism of NFL kneelers, a ban on travelers from countries with ties to terrorism, and the president’s response to Hurricane Maria.
In his new Facebook video, Green argues that presidents have been impeached for less in the past.
“If President Andrew Johnson was impeached for speaking ill of Congress, President Donald Trump can be impeached and should be impeached for his hateful, harmful and bigoted policies,” Green said.
Green concluded his video with a summary, and a pat on the back for doing such a great job.
“This statement is going to be released to our universe of subscribers and to the various media outlets we have available to us,” he said. “The purpose of this is to make sure that the impeachment process that took place wherein about a third of the members of the Democratic Caucus voted to impeach the president, that that process is not trivialized, the impeachment effort is not trivialized.
“That a president who makes bigoted statements and places these statements in policy, that that president can and should be impeached. …
“The purpose of this press conference is to let people know that we respect the process and cannot allow it to be trivialized. The president is more than a jerk, he is a person who has great power and he’s used that power to demean and to produce policy that hurts the LGBTQ community. That hurts African Americans, Latinos, women and Jews,” Green continued.
“With that said, I’ll entertain questions,” he said, before standing awkwardly for several seconds. “Apparently, I have done such a good job that there are no questions at this time.”