Rep. Al Green (D-TX) says that he will force a vote on the House floor to impeach President Trump before Christmas.
“I now announce that before Christmas, there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism,” he said Wednesday on the House floor.
“There will be a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the impeachment of the president,” Green continued.
“Whatever others will do is their choice. My conscience dictates that I will vote to impeach. Let others do what they may. History will judge us all.”
Green did not reveal a specific date he is targeting for the forced vote, noting only that it would happen before the holiday next month.
The Texas Democrat unveiled articles of impeachment last month, but he held off from forcing a vote at the time so the public had a chance to examine them.
House rules dictate that a member can force a vote on a so-called “privileged” resolution within two days of stating their intentions.
Republicans would likely move to table such a resolution as Green’s, culminating in a procedural vote on the matter.
The vote would serve as the first referendum in Congress on impeaching Trump since he entered office last January.
Green’s articles of impeachment do not accuse Trump of committing a crime, instead arguing he is “fueling an alt-right hate machine” that is “causing immediate injury to American society.”
The articles cite examples including Trump’s criticism of National Football League (NFL) players kneeling during the national anthem to protest America’s racial injustice.
The vast majority of Republicans would likely vote to reject Green’s effort to impeach Trump, a fellow GOP member.
The vote would also likely divide Democrats as a handful are calling for Trump’s ouster, while most of the party’s House leadership and their caucus oppose making such a drastic move.
“And while I have been told that there are political consequences for what I will do, I accept the consequences,” Green said.