NAACP passes resolution calling for impeachment of Donald Trump
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 7/29/2019, 3:58 p.m.
The NAACP, the country’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, enthusiastically passed a resolution last week, calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, reports the Huffington Post.
Delegates from NAACP chapters across the country voted unanimously to move forward with the resolution during the group’s 110th annual convention held in Detroit. In a statement following the vote, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson accused Trump of leading “one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era. The pattern of Trump’s misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country. Trump needs to know that he is not above the law and the crimes that he has committed and he must be prosecuted.”
The decision comes a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.), who has been reluctant to initiate impeachment proceedings, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), one of four Democratic congresswomen targeted in Trump’s racist tirade suggesting they “go back” to other countries, spoke at the convention.
“I’m not going nowhere!” Tlaib said during her speech, referring to Trump’s vitriolic attacks against her and the congresswomen. “Not until we impeach this president!”
At least 88 House Democrats and one independent congressman have made public comments advocating for Trump’s impeachment, reported CNN. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), whose resolution calling for Trump’s impeachment was tabled in the House last week, said the NAACP’s support for the proceedings could influence how other lawmakers vote on future resolutions.
“Having the NAACP behind this resolution gives us additional strength,” Green told Rev. Matsimela Mapfumo. “I believe that we will impeach this president. ... His work is that of a bigot.”