A steady stream of Democratic politicians unloaded on President Donald Trump Wednesday, before the House voted to make him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
The vote against Trump came for the “incitement of insurrection” after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
Rep. Maxine Waters of California’s 43rd congressional district, and a longtime critic of Trump, gave an impassioned speech on the House floor before the vote.
“I rise in support of impeaching again the worst president in the history of the United States. Since his first day in office, this president has spent four years abusing his power, lying, embracing authoritarianism, radicalizing his supporters against democracy,” she said. “He is capable of starting a Civil War. He must be impeached. He must be stopped now.”
"I rise in support of impeaching again the worst president in the history of the United States…This president has spent four years abusing his power," @RepMaxineWaters says.https://t.co/d08otzkRdW pic.twitter.com/lxKDj5HL60
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) January 13, 2021
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s 5th district, who helped draw up the impeachment article, called for Trump to be removed immediately from office.
“We must impeach and remove this president from the office immediately so that he cannot be a threat to our democracy. Let us not mince words about what happened last week. It was a violent attempt to interrupt our democratic process,” Omar said.
"We as a nation can no longer look away. The president not only incited an insurrection against our government, but has, in word and deed, led a rebellion."
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 13, 2021
After delivering her speech on the House floor, newly-elected Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri’s 1st District was booed by some Republican lawmakers.
“We have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out White supremacy starting with impeaching the White supremacist-in-chief,” Bush said.
Rep. Cori Bush calls Trump "the white supremacist-in-chief."
"We have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives."
She is then booed by her GOP colleagues.pic.twitter.com/KA3eKS3H6J
— The Recount (@therecount) January 13, 2021
On Monday, Bush tweeted about introducing a new resolution to investigate the Capitol riots.
She wrote: “I just introduced H.Res. 25. It would, under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, investigate and expel the GOP members of Congress who attempted to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist attack. Call your rep to sign on. We can’t have unity without accountability.”
House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina told CNN’s Erin Burnett he believes Trump will be convicted eventually by the Senate.
“I think there’s a very good chance that there will be a conviction in the Senate because I believe Mitch McConnell and the field has recognized that’s the quickest way to get him out of their heads,” Clyburn said.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) January 14, 2021
On Twitter, Congressman Jamaal Bowman of New York’s 16th congressional district rebuked Republicans who said Trump was being treated unfairly.
Bowman tweeted: “I see Republicans saying the president isn’t receiving ‘due process.’ Kalief Browder, Breonna Taylor, Ramarley Graham, and countless others didn’t get their due process. Trump can get his due process in the Senate. We are moving forward with impeaching the president NOW.”
Ultimately, 10 Republican and 222 Democratic House members voted for Trump’s impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the article of impeachment Wednesday and will next deliver it to the Senate.