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It’s a sad day in Liberal Land USA (worst theme park ever!). A doomed attempt to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump failed miserably Wednesday night, but Rep. Al Green (No, not the cool one) is doing his sprightly best to keep the dream alive. In fact, Rep. Al Green (No, not the singer) managed to conduct a roll call at last night’s debacle, which put scores of Democrats on record in support of at least ATTEMPTING to keep the minuscule possibility of impeachment alive.
Rep. Al Green to Pro-Impeachment Dems: “Come on, gang. ‘Let’s stay together’ on this!
Editor’s note: Rep. Al Green didn’t really say that. It was just a cheap excuse to work the title of an Al Green song (No, not the politician) into the body of an article about Rep. Al Green (No, not the singer), who may or may not actually sing and dance as well as the soul singer of the same name. Are we clear?
Even as Democratic leaders have pushed back against impeachment proceedings at this stage, more and more prominent members — including the freshman firebrands who were the targets of Trump’s Twitter ire over the weekend — have supported the drive. Wednesday’s resolution was brought by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who repeatedly has sought to impeach Trump.
“The president has committed an impeachable offense,” Green said on the House floor Wednesday. “Yesterday, we condemned him for that. Today is our opportunity to punish him.”
In the three times Green has brought up such a resolution, colleagues from both parties voted to set it aside, and Wednesday was no exception. But he has gained support from his party with each attempt.
In December 2017, only 58 Democrats were on Green’s side. A month later, that number grew to 66.
Now, roughly a year-and-a-half later, 95 Democrats opposed the motion to table his resolution.
“The president, at some point, will be impeached,” Green said after the 332-95 vote. “People are starting to pay attention to.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduced the motion to table. He said afterward that more than 90 Democrats opposed him, “FOR. NO. REASON.”
The growing number of Democrats siding with Green speaks to a shift in attitude from House Democrats such as Reps. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who have served throughout Trump’s presidency, as well as support from new faces who were not in office the last time Green introduced the resolution.
Some of those newcomers include the four women with whom Trump has been feuding in recent days, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ihan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. Trump’s comments directed at the freshman congresswomen — saying they should “go back” to where they came from (despite all but Omar being from the United States) and then return to show everyone how to fix things — led to this latest resolution.
Not all votes against tabling the resolution, however, represent clear-cut support for impeachment. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., for example, said he only opposed the motion to table the resolution as a procedural matter.
WIBC host Tony Katz:
“There will be no impeachment today. I can’t tell you what tomorrow will bring, except don’t be surprised. The idea that this House of Representatives will not attempt impeachment is wishful thinking at best. I don’t believe that Speaker Pelosi has what it takes to keep this at bay. She’s not going to be able to do what it takes to keep the vocal minority of the party – the squad – and those within the democrat ranks who are pushing for impeachment, from doing what they feel is in the best interests of their party, or at least what the base is pushing for.”
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