President Donald Trump is not only facing efforts by Democrats to punish him for the actions of protesters at the U.S. Capitol last week, now a group of Republicans in Congress want to censure him.
Six GOP members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, introduced a resolution on Tuesday to censure the president for “attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and for violating his oath of office.”
Fitzpatrick claimed that Trump has been lying for months and that censuring him would hold him “fully and unequivocally accountable” while healing the “fever-pitch tensions” in the country. Somehow, the group of GOP lawmakers believes that turning their back on the president and the more than 70 million Americans who voted for him will somehow heal the divided nation.
As the House prepared to vote Tuesday on a resolution calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, thus removing Trump from office before the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden next week, Fitzpatrick introduced his effort and was joined by Reps. Tom Reed of New York, Young Kim of California, Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan, and Utah’s John Curtis.
Though Pence moved not to invoke the 25th Amendment, the House is set to vote later this week on a single Article of Impeachment against Trump, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY., reportedly may support.
“President Trump’s attempts to undermine the outcome of the 2020 election have been unconscionable,” Fitzpatrick said Tuesday.
“President Trump’s attempts to undermine the outcome of the 2020 election have been unconscionable. The combination of a false information campaign coupled with inflammatory rhetoric led to the devastation that I was a personal witness to on the House Floor on Jan. 6. His actions threatened the integrity of our democracy, Congress, and his own vice president,” the Pennsylvania lawmaker added.
“For months, President Trump has been lying to the American people with false information and giving his supporters false expectations. The election is over,” he said. “President Trump’s actions, behavior, and language are unacceptable and unbecoming of the office he holds for the next eight days.”
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) & colleagues seek to censure President Trump for “attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and for violating his oath of office”. pic.twitter.com/jy3wlTS33D
— Haley Kennington 🇺🇲 (@kenningtonsays) January 13, 2021
“I believe censuring the president after his actions helps hold him accountable and could garner wide bipartisan support, allowing the House to remain united during some of our nation’s darkest days,” Rep. Young Kim added, making the confusing assertion that the move would help everyone “come together.”
“Like many of my colleagues, I came to Washington promising to bridge the divide. I hope both parties can acknowledge our role in perpetuating division and come together to support this effort and move forward for our constituents and the nation,” the California lawmaker, who was elected in November, said.
“This is an important step to hold the President accountable. Congress must make clear that it rejects extremism and condemns the President’s actions,” Reed said. “We will continue to push for Congressional leaders to work with us on investigating the events surrounding this dark period in our history and make sure it never happens again with the public’s trust in our democratic institutions restored.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made it clear he does not support impeaching Trump but noted Monday in a letter to Republican colleagues that some GOP members were in favor of censure.
“Personally, I continue to believe that an impeachment at this time would have the opposite effect of bringing our country together when we need to get America back on a path towards unity and civility,” McCarthy wrote.
NEWS — @GOPLeader has sent out a letter the House Republicans saying he’s against impeachment.
But he floats censure, committee to study elections and the attack.
No mention of President Trump. pic.twitter.com/jBGFyzmiWa
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 11, 2021
“Notwithstanding the Speaker’s push towards impeachment, I have heard from members across our conference who have raised at least four potential avenues available to the House to ensure that the events of January 6 are rightfully denounced and prevented from occurring in the future,” he added.
Many of the president’s supporters will not likely forget the actions of the GOP in the final days of his presidency.
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