12/8/2017, 5:40 p.m.
We applaud the chutzpah of Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat and member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Rep. Green led the effort Wednesday for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President Trump.
The articles of impeachment Rep. Green introduced in November with six other Democrats call for the president’s impeachment on the grounds of obstruction of justice, among others.
However, on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Green presented two other articles that capture the racist, xenophobic hatred that President Trump has endorsed and so dangerously spread since taking office in January.
The first called for his impeachment for “associating the presidency with white nationalism, neo-Nazism and hate” based on the president’s reaction after the deadly violence at a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally in August in Charlottesville.
The other accused President Trump of “inciting hatred and hostility” by his attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the military and his executive order banning entry into the United States of people from six Muslim nations.
Rep. Green said the president doesn’t need to be found guilty of criminal charges to be impeached, although the criminal probe by special prosecutor Robert Mueller has worked its way into the White House with the charge and guilty plea last week of Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser.
We believe Mr. Mueller is getting closer to implicating President Trump in the Russian hacking that interfered with and influenced the 2016 presidential election. We still don’t know the details of President Trump’s financial dealings with the Russians and his promises to Russian president Vladimir Putin if he were to be helped into office.
President Trump has tried to harm one of the basic tenants of democracy. And no, we don’t mean capitalism.
An October poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and released this week shows 40 percent of Americans think President Trump should be impeached. Drilling down, 72 percent of African-Americans support his impeachment, while 52 percent of Latinos and 48 percent of women back such efforts.
Among white people and men, only 31 percent support President Trump’s impeachment.
On Wednesday, 58 Democrats voted with Rep. Green for the impeachment efforts to proceed. Other Democrats joined with Republican lawmakers to stop it.
We hope Rep. Green will be undeterred.
President Trump is unfit in numerous ways to lead this nation, and we believe it’s only a matter of time before indictment — and impeachment — will be the order of the day. Prosecutors are closing in. And the tide of public opinion is shifting as people refuse to accept as normal the brand of crazy President Trump seeks to push.
It cannot be any clearer: Impeach Trump.