As the Democratic-controlled House votes on impeaching President Donald Trump for urging his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol last week, Texas lawmakers split along party lines.
“After yesterday’s failed coup attempt, it is clear that our fragile democracy cannot afford more pain and destruction,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-D). “Congress must impeach him again, remove him from office immediately and bar him from holding office ever again.”
Escobar was joined in calling for a second impeachment by her Texas Democrat colleagues. Many cited concerns for future stability of democracy in America and their constitutional duty to uphold the accountability of leaders.
While a growing number of Republican lawmakers have publicly endorsed impeachment, Texas members of the GOP stand in opposition to impeachment. Liz Cheney (WY), John Katko (NY), Adam Kinzinger (IL), Fred Upton (MI) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA).
Texas members of the GOP stand in opposition to impeachment.
In today’s session, Rep. Jodey Arrington attacked the “baseless” accusations. While denouncing the insurrection, he went on to defend Trump’s role in its inception: “The President didn’t incite a riot. The President didn’t lead an insurrection. And there are no ‘high crimes or misdemeanors’ requisite of impeachment.”
“I’m not saying the President didn’t exercise poor judgement, but to criminalize political speech by blaming lawless acts on the President’s rhetoric is wrong,” Arrington stated. “The votes are certified. President Trump has conceded. Let’s focus on the future and get back to the People’s business.”
Rep. Michael McCaul was among Republicans who condemned the President’s action, but objected to impeachment attempts. Rep. Greg Abbott described the efforts of Democratic lawmakers as “political machinations.”
While fervor among Republican representatives varied in defending the President’s actions, there was a common call for political unity and a peaceful transition of power. They echoed Vice President Mike Pence’s appeals made earlier this week: “I urge you…to avoid actions that would further divide & inflame the passions of the moment. Work with us to lower the temperature & unite our country.”