Al Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenMeat is taxing the planet, so we should tax meat Danish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts MORE (D-Texas) doubled down on his calls for impeachment, insisting it is the “only solution” to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE’s rhetoric.

“This is a president now standing before a crowd of people who have moved from ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back,’” Green told Hill.TV on “Rising.”

“This is unbelievable in this country,” he continued. “If somebody doesn’t take a stand, there will be no guardrails for this president.”

“He disrespects the court, he disrespects Congress — at some point we must take this seriously and impeach him — that is the only solution,” he added.

The Texas lawmaker also made it clear that he intends to continue to push for impeachment, saying "we cannot allow bigotry to rear its ugly head at the highest level of government."

Green’s comments come after the Democratic-led House voted 332-95 to kill his latest bid to impeach Trump. The eight-term congressman had previously tried to impeach Trump on two other occasions and was roundly defeated.

His latest push for impeachment was in response to Trump’s remarks over the weekend against four Democratic lawmakers, all of whom are women of color, to “go back” where they came from. The tweets were denounced by Democrats and a few Republicans as racist.

Even though most Democrats who voted in favor of Green’s resolution were liberal lawmakers, more than a dozen of those who supported the move had not yet formally endorsed impeachment. This included top Democrats, including Reps. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPoll: Majority wants Trump out, but not through impeachment Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' MORE (N.Y.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee; Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision Trump moves forward with billion F-16 sale to Taiwan Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (N.Y.), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenKey House Republican demands answers on federal election security efforts Live coverage: Mueller testifies before Congress House fails to pass temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans MORE (Calif.).

Impeachment has become a divisive issue within the caucus. Democratic leadership, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi11 Essential reads you missed this week Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? MORE, has long expressed opposition to the idea due to Republican control of the Senate. 

However, Trump’s attacks on the four progressive lawmakers seem to have united the party following weeks of intraparty fighting.

Every single Democrat in the House voted Wednesday to formally condemn Trump’s tweets against the progressive congresswomen as racist.

Just four Republicans, Reps. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 Mellman: Is the DCCC in successful chaos? MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Ensuring quality health care for those with intellectual disabilities and autism House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Al Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' MORE (Mich.), broke party ranks to join Democrats and go on record to accuse Trump of inflaming racial tensions.

—Tess Bonn