Democratic Congressman Al Green wants to impeach President Trump due to him benefitting from what Green is calling the “original sin” — slavery.
On Saturday, the Texas Democrat appeared on MSNBC where he said his party ought to charge the president and remove him from office because “slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion.”
“I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin,” Green said to host Alex Witt, the Washington Examiner reports. “We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. It’s [the] insidious scion of racism. The president has played on racism, and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.”
Green has a consistent record on wanting to impeach President Trump since he first was sworn into office in 2017, long before the accusation of benefiting from slavery or anything to do with Ukraine. His desire to impeach the president stems from his own admitted belief that if Trump is able to run for re-election, he’ll win.
“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected,” Green said in an interview in May of this year.
The Washington Examiner reports it was Green who also initiated the idea of a perpetual impeachment, or voting multiple times to remove Trump until the Senate acts on the issue:
The Texas Democrat forced a vote on the impeachment of Trump in the House three times for various reasons but has stated that he doesn’t feel the president should be impeached “needlessly.” He also stated that the president could be impeached multiple times if need be.
“The Constitution allows a president to be impeached more than once,” Green said amid doubt that the Senate would vote to remove the president. “If we impeach now, or at some time in the near future, for one issue that we dearly should, then we find later that the president has other issues that merit impeachment, we can impeach again. There is no limit on the number of times.”