By Karen Fleshman
The occupant of the White House is inciting violence against people of color, and his acolytes have responded by killing people in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, Christschurch and El Paso. He is separating families at the border, losing their children and awarding contracts to his supporters to build concentration camps.
Foreign powers are enriching him and his family as he alienates long-standing allies and engages with dictators.
Sixteen women have come forward with credible accusations that he sexually harassed or assaulted them.
President Trump is treacherous and illegitimate, having attained his position with the assistance of an enemy of the United States. In investigating Russias interference in the 2016 election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller found a sufficient factual and legal basis for a congressional investigation of obstruction of justice by the president.
Our democracy is ablaze before our eyes, and Democrats won the House in 2018 promising to do something about it.
So what is Hakeem Jeffries doing about it? Joining his pal Speaker Nancy Pelosi in dilly-dallying.
The Judiciary Committee should continue to follow the facts, apply the law and be guided by the Constitution, as it relates to holding the president accountable for any high crimes and misdemeanors that may have been committed, said Jeffries.
We cant wait. People are dying.
No one is above the law. Its his job to enforce it. That is what the Constitution says and what New Yorkers elected him to do. And if he thinks the American people dont understand the necessity of impeachment, its his job to explain it to them.
Jeffries is not only failing to fulfill his moral and constitutional responsibilities, but also making a huge political error that will make Trumps re-election more likely.
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro put it well during Julys debate: Whats going to happen in 2020, if they dont impeach him, is he going to say, You see. You see. The Democrats didnt go after me on impeachment. And you know why? Because I didnt do anything wrong.
Conversely, if the House does impeach the president and the Senate acquits him, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can be held responsible. Well be able to say, They impeached him in the House, but his friend Moscow Mitch let him off the hook.
People are dying, and our democracy is dying. We cant risk Trumps re-election, and we cant wait. Impeach the president now.
Karen Fleshman is an attorney, activist and the founder of Racy Conversations, a workshop facilitation company.
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