Members of the “squad” of left-wing Democrats have said President Donald Trump should once again be impeached over an inappropriate phone call.
Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Monday advocated Trump’s impeachment over his phone call asking the Georgia secretary of state to “recalculate” the vote in his favor.
- Omar said in a statement that Trump’s words amounted to “a crime” and a “flagrant act of sedition” meant to “overthrow our democracy.”
- “The constitution does not make exceptions for the amount of time the president has left in office, or the popular support they have,” she continued. “And we cannot either.”
- Ocasio-Cortez told reporters, “If it was up to me, there would be articles on the floor quite quickly.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, another member of the newly expanded progressive pact, in a tweet on Sunday stopped short of advocating a second impeachment while recalling the first one, which she had famously pledged to deliver ahead of the facts.
- “Ever notice this forever impeached president cannot help but project himself with others?” Tlaib tweeted. “‘Rigged’ elections, ‘highly improper,’ and ‘extraordinarily’ corrupt all can be adjectives for this disgraced and outgoing president.”
Conservatives on Twitter scoffed at the Democrats’ threats, suggesting they were the ones again showing a lack of faith in the voting public.
The Democratic-controlled House impeached Trump in December 2019 following a phone call in which he pressed the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden, the Democrat who ended up winning the 2020 presidential election.
- But the Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump last February, and Democrats rarely mentioned the saga again.
With Biden slated to take over the presidency from Trump on Jan. 20, many Democrats on Monday disagreed that another impeachment is advisable.
- Some backed a lesser move: Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia said he would introduce a resolution on Tuesday censuring the president for the recent call, which he deemed “a violation of state and federal law” (though lawyers said charges are unlikely).
Other Democrats said there isn’t enough time for impeachment hearings or cited other issues, like COVID-19, as more pressing.
- “With only 14 or 15 days left in this presidency, it would be a waste of our time here in the House to pursue impeachment,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn told CNN on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, at least 140 Republicans House members and 13 Republicans senators have said they will object to certification of electoral votes for Biden in Congress on Wednesday.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter Sunday urged her fellow Democrats “not to use the forum to debate the presidency of Donald Trump.”
- “While there is no doubt as to the outcome of the Biden-Harris presidency,” she said, “our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.”