Schakowsky Statement on 2nd Impeachment of Donald Trump
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, made the following statement during debate of the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump:
Madam Speaker, I rise in support of impeaching the President of the United States of America, Donald. J. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.
One week ago, in this Capitol Building, there was an armed insurrection orchestrated and incited by the President of the United States himself.
Think about that for a moment – led and encouraged by the President of the United States. This threat to our democracy can never be overstated; the trauma experienced, and loss of life, can never be erased from our collective memory or minimized in our history books.
Look at this room, look at this building, the scars of bullet holes and mob attack remain. We are working within a crime scene. Many of my friends and colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, were only moments away from being overrun by this mob – that was armed with guns, handcuffs, chemical weapons, and other objects of death and destruction.
The mob violently smashed its way into the capitol. They sought the Speaker of the House to cause her harm. The sought the Vice President of the United States to cause him harm. Their goal was to overturn the most important element of our electoral democracy – a free and fair election.
Madam Speaker, President Trump has declared war on democracy. He lied to our country for weeks regarding the results of our Presidential election. He charged up the white supremacist mob that attacked this Congress. He did nothing as police were attacked, and killed, and hundreds of Members and staff hid under tables and behind doors to preserve their lives. He is a clear and present danger to this country and our democracy and he must be removed from office.
Were it not for the bravery of law enforcement, I’m afraid of what may have happened one week ago.
What we do today will be studied by our children and grandchildren. Nobody is above the law. A President’s primary job requirement is to protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States, and the lives of the American people. He has demonstrably failed at both.
I implore my colleagues to consider this. If we are not going to use the tool of impeachment provided by the U.S. constitution to hold those accountable for violent sedition against the United States, then what should it be used for?
When our time comes to vote in only a matter of moments, I call on all members in this chamber to honor their oaths, an oath we signed only 10 days ago: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I’m about to enter. So help me God.”
History demands that we hold Donald Trump accountable for dangerously failing to abide by this sacred oath.
Thank you Madam Speaker, I yield the balance of my time.