Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) says he is introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump due to his response to recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said ‘there were very fine people on both sides,’” he said in a statement Thursday. “There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen.”
“President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership,” Cohen added. “No moral president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry.”
“Neo-Nazis and the [Ku Klux Klan] are domestic terrorists. 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.”
Charlottesville erupted in violence last weekend between white nationalists and counter-protesters opposing them.
One person died last Saturday when a car drove into a crowd of people demonstrating against white nationalism.
Two Virginia State troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash the same day authorities have linked to the unrest there.
Trump on Tuesday said that there is “blame on both sides” for the turmoil in Charlottesville.
“What about the alt-left that came swinging at the – as you say, the alt-right?” he asked a reporter. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
“What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?” Trump continued at Trump Tower in New York City. “Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
“And you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.”
Cohen added Thursday he found Trump’s remarks disheartening for the Jewish and African-American communities.
“As a Jew and as a American and as a representative of an African American district, I am revolted by the fact that the President of the United States couldn’t stand up and unequivocally condemn Nazis who want to kill Jews and whose predecessors killed 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, and could not unequivocally condemn Klansmen whose organization is dedicated to terrorizing African Americans.”