On Wednesday, congressional Democrat Al Green received a crushing blow: the House of Representatives rejected the Texan’s bill of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Soundly.
Green was one of six House Democrats who brought articles of impeachment against Trump last month. Their reasons included obstruction of justice, transgression against the emoluments clause of the Constitution, undermining the press, and undermining the federal judiciary.
Green has been promising to impeach the President all year, and just as he pledged in a wacky-as-always speech Tuesday, his bill was brought to the floor for a vote. Unfortunately for the ponytailed politician — whose impeachment speeches seem to always include an inane series of the repeated phrase “I rise” — the vote was overwhelmingly against him: his fellow Representatives cast their decision as 364-58.
One Democrat particularly unimpressed with Green’s Jacksonesque (Jesse, not Andrew) speeches and lofty aim of a White House turnover was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who told her fellow Democrats to cease their crusade to oust Trump. Nevertheless, Green was a dreamer. Before the vote, he said to his congressional peers:
“[Trump] is unmindful of the high duties of his high office…He has brought disrepute, contempt and ridicule on the presidency… He has harmed American society by publicly casting contempt on individuals and groups.”
Green’s latest stated reason for Trump’s impeachment was the President's retweeting of videos featuring Muslim extremism. Before that, it was the President’s use of the phrase “son of a b*tch” in reference to NFL players kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
It remains to be seen what Al Green's next reason for the impeachment of the Commander-in-Chief will be, but surely it will be entertaining. Though he failed to convince congressional voters of the merits of his attempt Wednesday, with his flamboyant speeches and his dogged determination to unseat the ruler of the free world, Green does make a convincing case that a famous saying about Texas is true, with regard to goofballs: they grow them bigger there.