Rush Statement on Impeachment of Donald Trump for Incitement of Insurrection

Jan 13, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement pursuant to his vote in support of H.Res. 24, An Article of Impeachment Charging President Trump with Incitement of Insurrection, which passed the House on a bipartisan basis, 232–197:

“Today, I once again faced the prospect of voting on impeaching Donald Trump.  This responsibility — which is vested in the House of Representatives by the U.S. Constitution — is one that I approach with a full understanding of the seriousness of the situation and its role in our history.

“Donald Trump’s seditious statements last week led to a violent insurrection aimed at overthrowing a democratically elected, co-equal branch of the U.S. Government.  While we are fortunate that this attempted coup failed, we cannot allow its perpetrators and instigators to walk freely, without facing any repercussion.

“As an honorably discharged veteran and a Black man in America, I fully understand the underlying motives that facilitated these seditionists on our democracy and that these acts of treason must be forcibly addressed.

“That is why, today, I voted in favor of impeachment.  I now call on my colleagues in the U.S. Senate to recognize the extraordinary nature of the current situation and immediately convene and take up this article of impeachment and, more importantly, remove Donald Trump from office.  He has lost the privilege of public office and should be prevented from ever serving again.”

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