'He Can't Recognize Domestic Terrorists': House Dem Drafts Trump Impeachment Bill
A Democratic congressman became the latest legislator to draft impeachment articles against President Trump, saying he failed to adequately delineate between neo-Nazis and their opponents in Charlottesville.
Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis said in a statement that "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."
Cohen said the images from the Virginia violence reminded him of Kristallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass," when German Nazis rounded up Jews.
He said Trump was wrong to say there "were very fine people on both sides," responding that "There are no good Klansmen."
Cohen praised responses by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), who admonished Trump for not making an adequate case against the violence.
"I believe the president should be impeached and removed from office," Cohen, a member of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, said.
He brought up the KKK's terrorist acts, including the assassination of Mississippi civil rights icon Medgar Evers in 1963.
Cohen said Trump cannot continue to ignore the difference between people who identify with those types of acts and people who were protesting against them.
Additionally, Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore echoed Cohen, calling for Trump to be removed in a manner similar to what is laid out in the 25th Amendment.
"My Republican friends, I implore you to work with us within our capacity as elected officials to remove this man as our commander-in-chief," she said.
"No moral president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry," Cohen said.