This week, House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, but it culminated in a surprising outcome.
In a 95 to 332 vote, the vote was killed by the House after a majority of Democrats sided with Republicans to table the resolution.
95 Democrats voted to keep the resolution alive while 137 Democrats sided with Republicans in voting against it.
The resolution was introduced on Tuesday by Texas Rep. Al Green (D), arguing that “if you did what the president has done, you will be punished. What we have done so far does not find him.”
The resolution was introduced immediately after the House voted to condemn the President’s tweets against Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
In response to Democratic lawmakers voting against the resolution, 2020 Presidential candidate and former House and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (D) spoke to Fox News, telling them that he “can understand the concerns of some Democrats who have chosen not to support that, but I believe it’s a mistake not to go forward.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) has affirmed on several instances that she is not pursuing an impeachment. Her argument is that a push for impeachment would force swing-state lawmakers that are vulnerable to face difficult congressional elections.
However, Secretary Castro disagrees.
Castro explained that he believes “it’s a mistake both substantively and politically,” adding that “substantively his actions absolutely merit impeachment proceedings.”
Castro further warned that “politically they’re risking giving him a clean bill of political health because he’s going to turn around in the fall of 2020 and say, ‘See, they didn’t impeach me because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Green echoed in Castro’s remarks, expressing that “it’s time for us to deal with his bigotry. This president has demonstrated that he’s willing to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, and we have seen what can happen to people when bigotry is allowed to have free rein.”
Green concluded that “we all ought to let the world know where we stand when we have a bigot in the White House.”