Al Green calls for additional security for House members after Trump rally

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenOvernight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers Bipartisan lawmakers urge assistance for oil and gas workers Lawmakers shame ex-Wells Fargo directors for failing to reboot bank MORE (D-Texas) is calling for additional security funding for House members following President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE’s campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night where he ramped up attacks on four minority congresswomen.

Trump used his rally in Greenville, N.C., to escalate his attacks on Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless Detroit officials halt water shutoffs over coronavirus outbreak concerns MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Undocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (Mass.). At one point, the crowd broke into chants of “send her back” when Trump went after Omar, a first-term lawmaker and Somali refugee.

“The president now has pushed the envelope to an extreme by taking this beyond his words to the words of other people,” Green, who serves as ranking member on a House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, told Hill.TV on Thursday.

“This is very serious and what was said about someone being hurt is something I take seriously and to this end, I’m announcing to you for the very first time that I will be asking for additional money for security for all members of the House,” he added.

Green, who has been an outspoken critic calling for Trump's impeachment, said even though House leadership has security, not all members are afforded the same protection.

“We must secure every member of this House because we are headed into uncharted waters and someone can be hurt,” he told Hill.TV.

The House on Wednesday voted to kill a resolution from Green to impeach Trump after the president told the four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to their home countries.

In a 332-95 vote, a majority of Democrats, along with the chamber’s Republicans, voted to table the measure for the time being.

The vote marked the first time that articles of impeachment were brought under the new Democratic majority, marking an ever-widening schism between Democrats over the issue of impeachment.

While Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE (D-Calif.) has sought to squash talk of impeachment, the 95 Democrats who voted in favor of Green’s resolution showed that a large number of Democrats want to take action against Trump.

Green, whose previous impeachment votes have accused Trump of inflaming racial tensions, made it clear that he doesn’t plan on giving up on impeachment anytime soon, calling it a “process.”

“I will take this issue to the floor again — we cannot also bigotry to rear its ugly head at the highest level of government,” he told Hill.TV. “This is a president now standing before a crowd of people who have moved from ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back.’ ”

—Tess Bonn