Al Green (D-TX) forced the House to vote on impeachment by filing articles of impeachment. It was extremely rogue for him to take such a bold move, especially with so many Representatives telling him it wasn’t the right time. However, he had tunnel vision and forced a vote on the floor anyway.
The vote came in a way that Green wasn’t expecting nor was pleased with. The House has, now, effectively killed efforts to impeach Trump.
The vote took place on Wednesday afternoon, voting to impeach President Trump over the racist comments he made against the “squad” – four female Dems of color. The House already voted to hold Trump in contempt over the comments, but to vote on impeachment over it was questionable from the start.
The vote ended up being 332 to 95 (with one person simply voting “present”). All of the Republicans voted to table the resolution, along with 137 Democrats and a single independent.
With the way that the vote fell, it’s likely that impeachment is off the table 100 percent now. The Democratic-controlled House has been extremely divided over the idea of impeachment since the very beginning. Now that it’s out of the way, they can focus on some of the bigger issues going on in the government right now. While Pelosi doesn’t support the resolution, she may finally get some unity.
Once the vote was publicized, Trump took to Twitter, calling it the most “ridiculous and time-consuming project” that he’s been subject to in the office. He’s right, too. There have been so many things that the Dems have tried to do in order to impeach him. With Green deciding to make a rogue move, he showed that he’s spontaneous and doesn’t take the time to think things through.
It Wasn’t Sufficient Cause
In the end, one of the reasons why impeachment isn’t being considered is because Green make a critical mistake. Being a man of color, he took offense to what Trump said on Twitter. He cited remarks about the four Democratic women of color and the condemnation of Trump as a racist for the cause in removing the President from office. However, none of that is actually enough to warrant impeachment – and at least 137 of the Dems have proven that they know that.
In order for a president to be impeached, they must commit a “high crime and misdemeanor.” According to Green, bigotry qualifies. Green failed to respond to reporters when asked whether he felt that he should have waited until after the Mueller testimony was made. He wanted to focus the impeachment solely on bigotry – and it wasn’t enough.
Impeachment Desires are Waning
Green has been gunning to get Trump out of the office for years. This is his third attempt, though his first now that the Dems are controlling the House. His hatred for Trump is showing, and it’s starting to get a bit ridiculous. He needs to focus on doing his job instead of going after the president because they don’t agree eye to eye on every issue.
Green may be the only one left who is seriously gunning for Trump. The “squad” doesn’t count because they’ll gun for anyone if it means that they get some more air time on the TV or they make headlines again in a newspaper. They’re media whores as opposed to dedicated American Representatives.
A poll conducted by NBC News and Wall Street shows that the American public is less likely to want impeachment to go through. A June poll showed 27 percent thought there was enough evidence to impeach. A month later, the poll has dropped 6 percent. If the House of Representatives is truly supposed to mirror what the American people want, it’s no surprise that Green’s vote was shot down.
There are more important things to focus on. The House, realistically, knows that a functioning government is needed. Impeaching Trump and throwing Pence into the mix as the new president is not what’s best for the country. Trump has turned the economy around, he’s making improvements with global relations, and he’s working to do something about the immigration crisis. If he is removed from office, everything could fall apart – and no one wants to deal with that mess.
In the meantime, the Mueller testimony is coming up in a matter of days. If there’s anything that’s absolutely astonishing, then there’s likely to be another vote. However, impeachment is likely not going to happen at this point at all, providing relief to Republicans everywhere.