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Dem. Rep Moves to Impeach President Trump Over National Anthem Comments

Democrats are taking their outrage over President Trump’s national anthem comments to the next level: Now, several representatives are calling for the president to be impeached.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) promised to bring a privileged resolution that would force an impeachment vote due to the president’s comments.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to denounce these comments that have been made because they have brought discourse to a new low. Mr. Speaker, this is a level of indecency that is unbecoming the presidency. Mr. Speaker, I rise to say to the world that this is not what America is all about,” Green said on the House floor on Tuesday. “Calling people SOBs, and we know what a B is. It’s a dog. Mr. Speaker, I rise because my heart tells me I must do something.”

“So Mr. Speaker, I denounce the comments that were made, and I rise to announce that on next week, Mr. Speaker, I will bring a privileged resolution before the Congress of the United States of America,” Rep. Green added. “I will stand here in the well of Congress, and I will call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America.”

Maxine Waters (D-CA) similarly called for removing the president from office over his national anthem protest comments.

On MSNBC on Sunday, Waters stated that President Trump was “the most deplorable person that I have ever met, seen, or witnessed.”

“I hope people understand, it’s about all of this,” Waters reiterated. “That he should not be the president of the United States of America. And we gotta get ready for impeachment.”

As Sean Hannity pointed out on his Fox News show, two Democratic representatives even took a knee on the House floor in solidarity with players protesting during the national anthem.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) kneeled and delivered a scathing statement.

“There is no regulation that says these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling for the firing of a son-of-a-B. You tell me which of those children’s mothers are a son-of-a-B. That is racism. You cannot deny it, you cannot run for it, and I kneel in honor of them,” Rep. Lee said.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) also kneeled on the House floor and delivered a statement.

“I think today, taking a knee is becoming a broader sign of patriotism and respect for our country,” Rep. Pocan said.

It is not entirely clear what high crime or misdemeanor the House Democrats intend to charge President Trump with violating with his comments. One ethics complaint suggests the president may have violated 18 U.S. Code § 227: “Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch”:

(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—

(1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or

(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another,

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.

In order for this charge to have legal merit, the House Democrats would have to define the official act the president intended to bring against the National Football League or its players.