Rep. Cori Bush Calls President Trump ‘White Supremacist-In-Chief’ During First House Speech
(AP) The U.S. House of Representatives sped to an impeachment vote of Donald Trump Wednesday.
During debate on the articles of impeachment, newly elected Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush, from Missouri, said: “If we fail to remove a white supremacist president who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s 1st District that suffer the most.”
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan interrupted the debate to relay a statement from Trump calling for “no violence, no lawbreaking, no vandalism of any kind.”
Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed Democrats for their second impeachment. “Democrats impeachment of President Trump today has now set the standard that they should be removed for their support of violence against the American people,” she said.
Actual removal seems unlikely before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican leader would not agree to bring the chamber back immediately, all but ensuring a Senate trial could not begin at least until Jan. 19.
In the House, momentum for action was unstoppable.
The impeachment proceedings came one week after protesters breached the U.S. Capitol, sending lawmakers into hiding and revealing the fragility of the nation’s history of peaceful transfers of power.
While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, at least six House Republicans were breaking with the party to join Democrats this time, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend U.S. democracy. Among them was Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.