Rep. Al Green: "Unfit" Trump Must Be Impeached Now For "Corrupting Society"


Rep. Al Green demanded on the House floor Wednesday that President Trump be impeached for "corrupting society" and "creating harm to society," saying an "unfit president" need not be proven to have committed a crime to face impeachment.

REP. AL GREEN: And still I rise. With love of country in my heart. And still I rise as I did some 659 days ago, more than 21 months, when I first stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and called for the impeachment of the president. And in so doing, I had to fend off the multitudes who wanted to know what crime did the president commit? We had to fight that fight and we won because it is now generally perceived and believed that the president does not have to commit a crime to be impeached.

In fact, Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America addresses that question when it deals with high crimes and misdemeanors as misdemeanors or misdeeds. Pursuant to the understanding that we have of the Constitution of the United States of America.

And still, I rise now, understanding that we have had to fend off those who said, you have got to wait for the Mueller report. You have to wait. Why not wait? Here's why you don't have to wait, because the Mueller report is dealing with violations of the law. Misdeeds don't necessarily require a violation of the law.

If you are corrupting society, if you are creating harm to society, if you are causing things to happen in society that are unacceptable to the people in the United States of America, an unfit president can be impeached for those misdeeds that corrupt and harm society. We're winning that fight.

This fight is one that is easily won because as we proceed it's going to become intuitively obvious that these misdeeds are the problem, and the misdeeds are creating the concerns in society It is my belief that we have a duty, responsibility, and obligation under the Constitution to deal with an unfit president. There are those who would want me to withhold my thoughts until after there has been an investigation when we have clear and convincing evidence before our very eyes of the misdeeds.

Separating babies from their mothers, who happen to be of color, I might add, talking about s-hole countries, that happen to be where people of color live, I might add, talking about good people or "very fine people" in Charlottesville among those who were bigots and racist and xenophobes homophobes, Islamophobes, yes, the evidence is there, because the president was putting in his policies these bigots, bigoted statements. These statements went beyond his words. They became a part of his policies. And for this he can be impeached.

I stand where I stood 659 days ago, and will I continue to stand until this president is removed from office. We can investigate to the extent that we engage in what Dr. King called the "paralysis of analysis." Just investigate until it's time for another election. And then the election becomes the focal point. My dear friends, my dear brothers and sisters, those who desire to wait may do so. I will not wait. Impeachment is not dead.

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