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
© Greg Nash

Rep. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonPG&E pleads guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2018 Camp Fire The Hill's Campaign Report: Republicans go on the hunt for new convention site Police unions coalition director: Biden 'off the deep end' in calls for reform MORE (R-Ohio) held a moment of silence for Americans who voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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. 

ADVERTISEMENT

“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.