GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump

GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump
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Rep. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Madeleine Albright says Trump's America First strategy is hurting US with a virus that knows no borders; Fauci warns states against 'leapfrogging' reopening guidelines The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Trey Hollingsworth says we must mitigate risks but we must also get back to a 'normal' America; US jobless claims top 30 million Bipartisan lawmakers back efforts to expand telehealth services for seniors MORE (R-Ohio) held a moment of silence for Americans who voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? MORE during Wednesday’s House debate on articles of impeachment.

Johnson accused Democrats of trying to "disenfranchise" voters who elected Trump. 

“This is a sad day for America, this partisan impeachment sham seeks to disenfranchise 63 million American voters,” Johnson said from the House floor. 

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“So I want to use my time to call on this chamber, for members to rise and observe a moment of silent reflection. To give every member here the chance to pause for a moment and remember the voices of the 63 million American voters the Democrats today are wanting to silence.”

Lawmakers made their cases for and against impeachment during a debate that spanned most of Wednesday, ahead of a vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump. 

The two articles, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, are expected to pass largely along party lines.