The rationale offered by the Democrats for impeaching President Donald Trump keeps shifting. At one time, Trump was supposed to have colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 election out from under Hillary Clinton. Then, when that story was disproven by the Mueller Report, Trump was accused of offering a “quid pro quo” with the newly elected president of Ukraine, offering arms sales in exchange for a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. When the Democrats decided that the Latin phrase was too obscure for the yokel voters to understand, they hit on the term “bribe.”
Rep Al Green, D-Texas, has another reason Trump has to be frog-marched out of the Oval Office. It has nothing to do with anything he has done or indeed anyone has done since the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865. The Washington Examiner explains.
“During a Saturday appearance on MSNBC, the congressman cited an interest in acting on behalf of people of color. ‘I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin,” Green said to host Alex Witt. ‘We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. It’s [the] insidious scion of racism. The president has played on racism, and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.’”
To be sure, Rep. Green has wanted to impeach President Trump from the moment the president uttered the oath of office. Green has compelled the House to vote three times to impeach the president, each time failing to get a majority vote. He famously said that the House needs to impeach President Trump and the Senate remove him from office lest he is reelected. That statement has provided a myriad of talking points for supporters of the president, revealing as it seems to the real reasons House Democrats are marching headlong into impeachment, despite a growing lack of support for the proposition in the hinterlands, especially swing states for the upcoming election.
Green has also said that President Trump can be impeached more than once, the theory being that the Constitution does not forbid double jeopardy for the process. If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That Green’s supposition that Trump must be removed from office because of slavery has raised more than a few eyebrows is to put the matter mildly. Slavery was outlawed in 1865 with the passage of the 13th Amendment. A great deal of institutional racism, which persisted in the wake of the Civil War, was dealt with by the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1964 and 1965.
To be sure racism persists since the human heart cannot be cleaned as easily as the law. However, Green may be engaging in tactics that Democrats have pursued for decades. Every Republican president has been accused of racism since at least the Nixon administration.
On the other hand, supporters of President Trump may allude to several facts that inconvenience Green’s narrative. CNN notes that the Trump Administration has featured historic gains for minority workers.
“Black unemployment fell to a record low in August, helped by a jump in the number of black women on the job.
“The unemployment rate for black workers fell to 5.5% from 6%, according to the Labor Department data. The previous record low of 5.9% was set in May 2018.
“The unemployment rate for black women fell to a record of 4.4% from 5.2% in July. The unemployment rate for black men crept up to 5.9% from 5.8%. But the previous month’s rate was a record, so the rate is still near its historic low.
“Unemployment among workers who identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino also fell in August to 4.2%, which matched a record low set earlier this year.”
The record compares favorably to that of past Democratic presidents, including Barack Obama, the first African American president in the history of the United States. As more than one pundit has stated about President Trump, “Worst racist ever.”
Incidentally, Green has also complained that the recent House Judiciary Committee hearing that featured testimony from several law professors did not include a single expert “of color,” according to Fox News. The message is that committee Democrats are ignoring the African American community in the impeachment process even as they rely on black voters.