Texas Representative Al Green pushed for the House of Representatives to vote on whether proceedings for Donald Trump’s impeachment should begin. Despite Rep. Al Green’s efforts, the House voted to abstain from going through with any impeachment proceedings just yet with a vote of 332-95 – but if democrats hate the President and what he’s been doing to the country so much, why would they abstain from doing the one and only thing that will take him out of office for good?
Rep. Al Green pushed for impeachment proceedings just after Donald Trump made racist remarks targeting Congresswomen of color, including Omar, Presseley, and AOC and specifically mentioned them Wednesday in his speech before the vote. In his words, Donald Trump’s remarks “have legitimatized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” which is grounds enough for impeachment. “The Mueller testimony has nothing to do with his bigotry. Nothing. Zero. Nada,” he said on Wednesday. “We cannot wait. As we wait, we risk having the blood of somebody on our hands — and it could be a member of Congress.”
The main resistance for Donald Trump’s impeachment is Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has remained adamant that she wants to wait for more evidence to be collected in order to proceed with even an impeachment inquiry, saying that she wants to build up support for impeachment among Americans. However, there are so many impeachable offences by Trump that I’m not sure how much good it would do to keep waiting, especially when time is of the essence: it seems that the Trump administration has been doing more and more damage everyday.
Many have speculated that impeaching Donald Trump could have a seriously negative affect in the 2020 election for democrats and that Pelosi might be afraid of Republicans winning again in 2020 if impeachment proceedings were to go through. This is because an impeachment may create more wood for the metaphorical fire of Trump’s base. Though infuriating, this is likely why Democrats voted against impeachment proceedings.
Others argue that we should think less about the effects of beginning impeachment proceedings and just do what’s right. Thankfully, Nancy Pelosis’s disagreement with impeachment proceedings may not be enough to stop them from happening if support for Democrats rises just a little. Robert Mueller’s testimony is coming up next week and hopefully all Americans will be tuning in.
While 332 Representative voting against impeachment may seem like a large number, a lot of Democratic Presidential candidates have said that they want Donald Trump impeached and will do what they can with their power to impeach him; for example, candidates such as Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and others have called for his impeachment time and time again.
While this was the first time the government had voted on any impeachment proceedings regarding Donald Trump, but I doubt it will be the last.