Judiciary Democrat says as a black man 'the idea that elections can be undermined is not theoretical'

Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonDemocrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Democrat calls Gaetz the 'pot calling the kettle black' after Hunter Biden drug-use comments Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that as a black man representing Georgia “the idea that elections can be undermined is not theoretical.”

Johnson said during the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on articles of impeachment that Jim Crow laws demonstrated that elections could be sabotaged in the U.S.

“I’m a black man representing Georgia, born when Jim Crow was alive and well,” he said. “To me, the idea that elections can be undermined is not theoretical.”


He said his constituents, after living in a time when their voting rights were restricted because of their race, know democracy "is fragile."

“I have constituents who remember what it’s like to live in a democracy in name only, and they can tell you what it’s like when powerful men undermine fair and free elections,” he said.

The Georgia representative spoke as the committee prepares to vote on articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE Thursday.  

Democrats moved forward with articles of impeachment against Trump after a whistleblower report detailed him asking the Ukrainian president to look into his potential 2020 opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE. Days before he asked, Trump withheld military aid from the country.

House Democrats accused the president of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. A full House vote on impeachment could occur as early as next week.