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

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies Overnight 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 MORE (D-Texas) doubled down on his calls for impeachment, insisting it is the “only solution” to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 NadlerThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Democrats call on DHS to allow free calls at ICE detention centers Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE (N.Y.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee; Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOpen Skies withdrawal throws nuclear treaty into question The Memo: Trump agenda rolls on amid pandemic State Department scrutiny threatens Pompeo's political ambitions MORE (N.Y.), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE (Calif.).

Impeachment has become a divisive issue within the caucus. Democratic leadership, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy 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 BrooksThe Hill's Campaign Report: More Republican women are running for House seats GOP sees groundswell of women running in House races Empowering youth peacebuilders will make U.S. foreign policy more effective MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickBipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments Bipartisan bill aims to help smallest businesses weather the coronavirus crisis Lawmakers offer bill to expand employee retention tax credit MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state The Hill to interview Mnuchin today and many other speakers The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonBipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments Bipartisan bill aims to help smallest businesses weather the coronavirus crisis Lawmakers press HHS for answers on coronavirus drug distribution MORE (Mich.), broke party ranks to join Democrats and go on record to accuse Trump of inflaming racial tensions.

—Tess Bonn