This morning, the House of Representatives—divided and all—voted and approved a formalized process to impeach President Donald Trump. Although Republicans opposed the vote, the House vote passed 232-196, making way for public hearings.
During the vote, two Democrats, Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, voted against the resolution, while every House Republican opposed the measure. Former Republican Justin Amash also voted in favor of supporting the process as well.
This president will be in power for only a short time, but excusing his misbehavior will forever tarnish your name. To my Republican colleagues: Step outside your media and social bubble. History will not look kindly on disingenuous, frivolous, and false defenses of this man.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) October 31, 2019
As to be expected, this decision is being met with opposition. In 2016, people living in rural America played an instrumental role in confidently electing the 45th president of the United States. Interestingly enough, as of recently, those very people are starting to question Trump’s ability to lead after a series of questionable deeds—even though they are being persuaded to dominate the conversation around his impeachment online according to a new survey conducted by One Country Project.
As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), leads the charge for Trump’s impeachment; America—and the rest of the world—is watching closely.
Other politicians and political pundits are weighing in. Here is what they are saying:
I asked @SpeakerPelosi how she feels about the impeachment resolution vote. “I think it’s a sad day for us,” she said, speaking about what the impeachment process means for the nation.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 31, 2019
Rep. Maxine Waters, speaking before impeachment inquiry vote, reminds Congress of “the mountain of growing evidence that demonstrates this president abused his power for personal benefit.” pic.twitter.com/8jV80KpvSo
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 31, 2019
Today is a vote for the rule of law, the Constitution, and the sanctity of our democracy.
Today, we say as a House that no one is above the law.
No President can threaten our national security for political gain.
And no president can undermine the integrity of our elections.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) October 31, 2019
The actions of the occupant of the White House demonstrate his disregard for the rule of law, for our country & for our collective humanity. While I am not joyous in this moment, I am resolved, & I stand in firm solidarity with my colleagues as we pursue #impeachment. #HRes660 pic.twitter.com/ToCG703p7a
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) October 31, 2019
No one is above the law. Our resolution today is a grave and serious one. It establishes clear rules for a fair process with due process protections for the president as we take the next steps in our impeachment investigation. https://t.co/2OG2wgkQuM via @NYTOpinion
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) October 31, 2019
Read the Constitution! https://t.co/HqWJY0rMdl
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 31, 2019
I would boo him in the house
I would boo him with a mouse
I would boo him on the street
I would boo him in this tweet https://t.co/iTSbZj1lrt
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) October 31, 2019
Members are currently debating H.R. 660, the impeachment inquiry resolution. Read my thoughts on this historic vote here: https://t.co/I95jkoVkvj
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) October 31, 2019
“I don’t know why Republicans are afraid of the truth. Every American should support allowing the American people to hear the facts for themselves. That is really what this vote is about.” – @SpeakerPelosi
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) October 31, 2019