Democratic Rep. Al Green and five other House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in November, listing multiple justifications ranging from undermining the press to obstruction of justice. On Wednesday, the House took up the issue, voting on whether the bill would go forward or be set aside.
Green introduced the legislation asserting that the president’s words, including those appearing in tweets, emboldened white supremacists and incited hate.
“He has harmed the society of the United States; brought shame and dishonor to the office of president of the United States; sowing discord among the people of the United States by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism,” said Green.
House Republicans called for a vote on the legislation, which outlines two articles of impeachment against Trump, shortly after it was introduced on the floor.
Green’s attempt was considered a longshot by many, and members of the House made themselves heard, deciding to table the impeachment bill with a final vote count of 364 to 58. Of the votes to reject the legislation, according to a report by NBC News, 126 were cast by Democrats.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer both considered Green’s efforts premature.
“Democrats are firmly focused on taking real, effective steps to improve the lives of hard-working Americans and defeating Republicans’ cruel barrage of attacks on the middle class,” said the pair of lawmakers in a joint statement. “Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”
The measure wasn’t the first time Green tried to force the issue of impeachment. In October, he also led an effort to impeach Trump that ultimately failed.
During his floor speech on Wednesday, Green said, “I am absolutely convinced that this is a road worth traveling.”
Green has also taken issue with Trump’s reaction to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem proceeding games as well as the travel ban and for Trump’s description of the white supremacists who participated in the march in August in Charlottesville, Virginia as “very fine people.”