Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said Saturday that the House’s quick move to indict Donald Trump a second time is the right course of action, although some believe the president is not likely to be ousted before January. 20th
During an interview on MSNBC, Jeffries said the public is calling for accountability for the president’s actions that led to an attack on the U.S. Capitol and that Mitch McConnell and the Senate GOP should quickly remove Trump once the House is in accuses.
“The public wants accountability,” said the democratic legislature. “You understand that this insurrection was instigated and encouraged by the President of the United States of America.”
Jeffries said it was up to the House of Representatives to put pressure on Senate Republicans – especially Mitch McConnell – to do the right thing and hold Trump accountable.
“Let history decide and judge that it was the Senate that kept this dangerous man in office, not the House,” he said.
MP Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) says Donald Trump must be held accountable for instigating a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/hFcMwOffd0
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Rep. Jeffries said:
The American people demand accountability. And as Abraham Lincoln once said, public opinion is everything, right? With it you can achieve your goals. Without it, nothing can succeed. So public opinion is understandably on the accountability side because the insurrection was an attack on our democracy, an attack on the constitution and an attack on the country. The public wants accountability. You understand that this insurrection was instigated and encouraged by the President of the United States of America. So if the House doesn’t act, there is no pressure on the Senate to do what is right, and that has been the problem for the past four years – that the Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell and many of my colleagues on the other side of the Ganges in the house, either burying their heads in the sand to act as if the president was no threat to this country, or they actively supported him. We shouldn’t let them off the hook. Let history decide and judge that it was the Senate that kept this dangerous man in office, not the House.
Donald Trump must have consequences for the attack on the US Capitol
Donald Trump has spent four years abusing his office and using the bullying pulpit to pour gasoline into the country’s divisions. At every step, Republicans in Congress have refused to hold him accountable.
With an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives expected to take place next week, the GOP Senate – led by Mitch McConnell – will have one last chance to do what they haven’t done in four years: hold Donald Trump accountable.
There may only be 11 days left from the Trump presidency, but it’s never too late to do the right thing.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.