Al Green to force impeachment vote following incendiary Trump tweets

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) said Monday that he plans to force a vote on impeachment this month following President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE’s inflammatory tweets telling a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.

Green — who first unsuccessfully forced a vote on impeachment in 2017, with just 58 Democrats supporting the effort on the floor — said he feels he needs to take action due to the president’s recent rhetoric. 

"I will again, this month, bring impeachment to a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for bigotry in policy, harmful to our society," he tweeted.  #RacistPresident #ImpeachNow

In a press conference streamed on Facebook Live, the Texas Democrat said he plans to move forward before Congress breaks for its August recess, adding “to tolerate bigotry is to perpetuate bigotry, especially when you can do something about it.”

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“I'm a member of the House of Representatives, and I as a member can do something about it," Green said. "Each member of the House of Representatives can bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the House of Representatives. I'm here today to tell you, again, to bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the House of Representatives."

Green said that he thinks Trump has "demonstrated clearly that he is unfit to hold the office. He has demonstrated that he has little respect for members of the opposite sex."

The comment comes after Trump's Sunday tweets, which have sparked uproar on Capitol Hill and prompted Democratic lawmakers to slam Trump as racist and xenophobic. The tweets were aimed at a group of progressive Democratic lawmakers, all of whom are U.S. citizens. 

A handful of Republicans have also criticized Trump over the tweets, though just one, Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGarth Brooks accepts Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Texas kicks off critical battle for House control Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE (R-Texas) went as far as calling the tweets racist.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTop Federal Reserve official: Further coronavirus stimulus bill may not be needed Schumer: Fired inspector general will be remembered as a 'hero' Clyburn says stimulus spending oversight committee will be 'forward looking' MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday urged members to support a forthcoming resolution to condemn what she described as the president’s “xenophobic” tweets.

Green has long-argued that Trump should be removed from office for inflaming racial tensions in America. He called for a second impeachment vote after reports that the president referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as being from “shithole countries.”

His calls could be bolstered by growing support for impeachment in the Democratic party, which has largely focused on the administration’s refusal to cooperate with Democratic investigations. As of Monday, The Hill has counted more than 80 Democratic lawmakers who have endorsed an impeachment inquiry.

Updated at 1:30 p.m.