LA Council members introduce resolution to support Trump's impeachment
Resolution by Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Koretz and Mitch O'Farrell
City News Service | 1/12/2021, 2:22 p.m.
Four Los Angeles City Council members introduced a resolution today in support of the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, this time for alleged incitement of an insurrection.
The resolution was introduced by Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Koretz and Mitch O'Farrell.
"The only way for our communities to heal and come together is by holding accountable those who are responsible for inciting violence through lies and racist rhetoric,'' Harris-Dawson said. "This is a determining moment in our nation's history and leaders will be measured by how we respond. This is an opportunity for America to make it clear what our country values, and to reclaim the integrity of our Democracy. As long as he remains in office, Trump represents a clear and present danger to the stability of our nation.''
The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of inciting violence against the U.S. government. The charge stems from his remarks to his crowd of supporters on Jan. 6 shortly before they stormed the U.S. Capitol while congress was voting to certify the presidential election results in favor of Trump's democratic opponent Joe Biden.
Trump said during his speech, "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore.'' Five people, including a U.S. Capitol police officer, died during the insurrection.
Trump, speaking to reporters Tuesday for the first time since hundreds of his supporters stormed the Capitol, denied any culpability in the violence and insisted his remarks to the crowd did no incite violence.
"If you read my speech -- many people have done it, and I have seen it in the papers and the media, on television. It has been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate,'' Trump said.
He called the impeachment movement against him "ridiculous'' and a "continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.'' He said impeachment is sparking anger in the country, adding, "I want no violence.''
It was not immediately clear when the City Council will vote on the resolution.
"Donald J. Trump must be held fully accountable for seeking to destroy our democracy and encouraging the seditious, racist and violent attacks by domestic terrorists that left death and destruction in its aftermath at our U.S. Capitol last week," Martinez said. "President Trump must pay the price for his leadership role in this stunning attack, whether he has one day or 1,460 days left in office."
Koretz called Trump's behavior that of a madman and said he presents a danger to the U.S.
"President Trump calling upon his misguided followers made up of white supremacists, anti-Semites and racists to overthrow the government is a clear act of sedition seeking to topple our great democracy. It portrays the deteriorating mental state of a madman, not a president of the United States sworn to uphold the Constitution," he said.
"Trump presents a clear and present danger to our democracy and needs to be removed from office immediately to prevent him from committing any further damage."