NAACP calls for impeaching Trump
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for the impeachment of President Trump on Tuesday.
Delegates at the NAACP’s annual convention in Detroit unanimously approved a resolution in favor of impeachment.
Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, introduced the measure. He introduced a similar resolution in the House last week, which was tabled by a vote of 332 to 95.
"Trump’s misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country," NAACP president Derrick Johnson tweeted while announcing the group’s call for impeachment.
Other members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and top Democratic presidential contenders were among the speakers at the four-day conference of the nation’s oldest and largest civil-rights organization. Trump declined an invitation to appear at the event.
While the NAACP may be calling for it, most Americans do not support impeachment.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted earlier this month, 37 percent of Americans believe Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president, while 59 percent do not.
Trump welcomed the vote in tweets that erroneously said lawmakers had voted to “kill” the measure. Tabling it postpones further action, almost certainly until after Congress returns from its summer recess, but does not prevent it from being considered in the future.
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“This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on,” the president tweeted. “This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!”
Green is hoping Trump’s continued attacks on four congresswomen of color will generate enough support for impeachment.
“I believe that we will impeach this president,” Green said at the NAACP convention. “His work is that of a bigot who ought to be impeached.”
While Trump may dismiss talk of impeachment, the NAACP vote is a signal of the challenge he still faces among African American voters.
In the 2016 presidential election, just 8 percent of African Americans voters supported Trump, compared to 88 percent who supported Hillary Clinton.
But speaking to reporters at the White House Monday, Trump predicted he would do well with African American voters this time around.
“We have fantastic relationships with the African American community,” Trump said. “I think you’ll see that. Certainly, you’re going to see that in 2020.”