A MAVERICK bid to impeach Donald Trump over his tweets telling Democrats to “go back” to their countries has been defeated today.
In a landslide for Trump, the House voted to kill a resolution by Democrat Rep. Al Green to introduce an article of impeachment against Trump.
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The ‘squad’ of left-wing Democrat women repeated their calls for Trump to be impeached as the row escalated last night[/caption]
This is the third time the Texas lawmaker has taken a shot at impeaching the US President, but the first since Democrats regained control of the House.
In a landslide for Trump, the motion was defeated by 332 votes to 95.
Lawmakers tabled the resolution, which was widely opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats.
They were concerned the measure would force vulnerable swing-district lawmakers into peril ahead of the 2020 elections.
The bipartisan vote shelved any chance of bringing forth articles of impeachment against Trump in the near future.
“The president has committed an impeachable offense,” Green said on the House floor earlier on Wednesday.
“Yesterday, we condemned him for that. Today is our opportunity to punish him.”
It came after Trump sent tweets questioning the right of a number of congresswoman with ancestry from outside the US to criticise his administration.
On Sunday, the president wrote: “So interesting to see… Democrat Congresswoman, who originally came from countries whose government are a complete and total catastrophe, …telling the people of the United States… how our government is to be run.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
No representative was named, but the tweets have been widely interpreted to be referring to four in particular: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
All are US citizens of minority heritage, with only Omar, who moved to the US from Somalia as a child, having been born outside the US.
Representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties have said publicly that the comments were racist.
In the tweets on Tuesday, Trump also said: “Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap.”
on Tuesday night, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump for his “racist comments”.
The resolution passed largely along party lines — 235 Democrats joined by only four Republican supported the measure.
The debate brought chaos to the House floor and froze the chamber for over an hour after a Republican lawmaker objected to Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling the president a “racist”.
Trump later doubled down on his comments about the Democratic congresswoman, calling them “bitter”.
Hours after the vote, Rep Green formally submitted articles of impeachment Trump.
But today, the House easily derailed the bid in a move that shows how divided Democrats are over trying to oust Trump in the shadow of the 2020 elections.
Democrats leaned against the resolution by about a 3-2 margin as the chamber killed the measure.
The vote showed that so far, Pelosi has been successful in her effort to prevent a Democratic stampede toward impeachment before additional evidence is developed that could win over the public.
Even so, the numbers also showed that the number of Democrats open to impeachment remains substantial. A
bout two dozen more conversions would split the party’s caucus in half over an issue that could potentially dominate next year’s presidential and congressional campaigns.
“There’s a lot of grief, from a lot of different quarters,” Green, speaking to reporters after the vote, said of the reaction he’s received from colleagues.
“But sometimes you just have to take a stand.”
Pelosi and other party leaders considered his resolution a premature exercise that needlessly forced vulnerable swing-district lawmakers to cast a perilous and divisive vote.
It also risked deepening Democrats’ already raw rift over impeachment, dozens of the party’s most liberal lawmakers itching to oust Trump.
Recent polling has shown solid majorities oppose impeachment.
Even if the Democratic-run House would vote to impeach Trump, the equivalent of filing formal charges, a trial by the Republican-led Senate would all but certainly acquit him, keeping him in office.
Pelosi told reporters earlier that six House committees are investigating Trump.
“That is the serious path we’re on,” she said.
Democrats are also eagerly awaiting next week’s scheduled public testimony to two House committees by special counsel Robert Mueller.
With Democrats preparing to defend their House majority in next year’s elections, Green’s measure put incumbents in closely divided districts in a difficult spot.
Democrats owe their House majority to 39 challengers who won in 2018 in what had been GOP-held districts, places where moderate voters largely predominate.
“It’s not ideal for a lot of people to have to take that vote right now,” one of them, Rep. Katie Hill said.
She said “if and when” the House votes on impeaching Trump, it should happen when “we can make sure our constituents understand and can get behind” the move.
Democrats are also concerned that Republicans could use a failed impeachment vote to try taking the steam out of the continuing probes into Trump’s performance in office.
“This is all they’ve ever wanted to do from the day of the election” in 2016, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a brief interview.
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