The NAACP has joined the Democratic base in calling for Congress to impeach Donald Trump, and the civil rights organization says it “will make sure” it is at the forefront in pushing Congress to proceed.
During the 110th Annual NAACP Convention in Detroit on Monday, the NAACP national delegation voted unanimously for the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate articles of impeachment against Trump.
Democratic leaders have been reluctant to start impeachment, instead asking the caucus to focus on investigations against the president, The Hill reported. Some hope the Robert Mueller testimony before Congress will help the case for impeachment.
A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that 64 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of Republicans support impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has so far resisted calls for impeachment, also spoke at the NAACP convention on Monday but did not mention Trump during her speech, The Hill reported.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), one of the most outspoken Trump critics, said at the NAACP convention that she is “not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president.”
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Of the 435 House members, 87 have expressed support for an impeachment inquiry.
“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,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP, in a statement. “From his attempts to curtail the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation to calling out minority congresswomen and telling them to go back to their countries, to caging immigrant children without food or water to his numerous attempts to avert the Supreme Court’s decision to not add in the citizenship question to the 2020 Census – this president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era.
“Trump needs to know that he is not above the law and the crimes that he has committed and he must be prosecuted. We will make sure that the NAACP is at the forefront of pushing Congress to proceed with the impeachment process.”
Photo: NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson addresses the 110th NAACP National Convention, July 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)