Dem Lawmaker to Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump After Charlottesville Comments

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Aug 17, 2017 3:31 PM
Dem Lawmaker to Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump After Charlottesville Comments

Here we go again with talk of impeachment—this time Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen thinks President Trump’s comments about the violence is Charlottesville are enough to get the president removed from office. 

"President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership. No president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry. No moral president would ever question the values of Americans protesting in opposition of such actions, one of whom was murdered by one of the white nationalists,” the Tennessee Democrat in a statement.

“President Trump has shown time and time again that he lacks the ethical and moral rectitude to be President of the United States. Not only has he potentially obstructed justice and potentially violated the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, but he has also shown that he is incapable or unwilling to protect Americans from enemies, foreign and domestic. Neo-Nazis and the KKK are domestic terrorists. If the President can’t recognize the difference between these domestic terrorists and the people who oppose their anti-American attitudes, then he cannot defend us.”

On Monday President Trump specifically denounced white nationalist groups involved in Saturday's violence, seeking to clarify comments he made over the weekend. But a day later during remarks to reporters at Trump Tower, the president said there were “very fine people on both sides.”

“You have some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides,” he said. “You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me — I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

Cohen, along with many others on both sides of the aisle, took issue with that assertion.

“Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said ‘there were very fine people on both sides.’ There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen,” he said. 

The Democratic lawmaker introduced a resolution of no confidence against the president last month, but Trump’s recent comments led him to believe “he should be impeached and removed from office.”