President Donald Trump made history yesterday, becoming the first President to be impeached twice, as the House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 to impeach for inciting an insurrection.
The was also the most bipartisan impeachment vote in US history with ten Republicans joining the Democrats in the vote.
Nancy Pelosi delivered a speech calling on members to support impeachment. “He must go,” the Democratic speaker said of the president. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
Progressive freshman Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush infused racism into the attacks: “The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy, starting with impeaching the white supremacist-in-chief,” Bush said.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota added details unrelated to the charges, expressing her disdain for Trump: “For years we have been asked to turn a blind eye to the criminality, corruption and blatant disregard to the rule of law by the tyrant president we have in the White House. We as a nation can no longer look away,” she said.
Republican Kevin McCarthy said Trump “bears responsibility” for the Capitol attack but did not deserve to be impeached.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell has said the impeachment trial will happen after President-elect Joe Biden has taken office on January 20.
Biden said the senate must balance the impeachment trial with coronavirus response.
“I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation,” he said.