All 9 Massachusetts members of the U.S. Home voted to question President Trump for a second time on Wednesday, precisely one week after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol and disrupted lawmakers’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
The Bay State representatives, all Democrats, provided stirring remarks in Home ground speeches and thru statements earlier than and after casting their votes.
Listed here are excerpts from what they mentioned:
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern
“We’re debating this historic measure at an precise crime scene, and we wouldn’t be right here if it weren’t for the president of the US,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the Home Guidelines Committee, mentioned as he kicked off a guidelines debate from the ground of the identical Home chamber breached final week in the course of the Capitol siege.
“At a rally, only a mile and a half down Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump and his allies had been stoking the anger of a violent mob,” McGovern continued. “Although, in line with his personal administration that this election was probably the most safe in our historical past, Donald Trump repeated his large lie, that this election was an egregious assault on democracy. Vice President Pence, he mentioned, was going to have to come back by way of for us. Trump then informed his mob to stroll right down to the Capitol. The sign was unmistakable: These thugs ought to stage a coup so Donald Trump can hold on to energy, the folks’s will likely be damned.”
McGovern mentioned the nation “got here beneath assault, not from a overseas nation, however from inside.”
“A few of my colleagues on the opposite aspect have instructed that we simply transfer on from this horror. However to gloss over it will be an abdication of our responsibility,” McGovern mentioned. “Others on the Republican aspect have talked about unity. However we are able to’t have unity with out fact and with out accountability, and I’m not about to be lectured by individuals who simply voted to overturn the outcomes of a free and honest election.”
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton
“There are extra troops proper now in Washington, D.C., than in Afghanistan. And they’re right here to defend us towards the commander in chief, the president of the US, and his mob,” Moulton mentioned as members of the Nationwide Guard stood watch within the Capitol advanced. “I’d ask my colleagues to take a look at the faces of these younger Individuals defending democracy, defending us, and discover an oz. of their braveness to do the fitting factor — as a number of Republicans have — and take a tricky vote for the way forward for democracy.”
U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark
“Suffragist and abolitionist Lucy Stone mentioned: ‘If we converse the reality fearlessly, we will add to our quantity those that will flip the size to the aspect of equal and full justice in all issues,’” the assistant Home speaker started.
“The reality is, President Trump incited a violent assault towards the US authorities. The reality is, President Trump spent his presidency inflaming hate, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and violence. The reality is, he was enabled by all those that perpetuated the lie that probably the most safe election in our nation’s historical past was stolen. The reality is that these seditious actions left 5 useless, our Capitol besieged, our safety threatened, and our democracy hanging within the stability. And the reality is, a vote to question is our resounding declaration that the federal government of the folks, by the folks, for the folks, shall not perish from the earth.”
U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan
“I stand earlier than you right now in disbelief — disbelief that after the president incited a violent mob to commit an act of riot and remained silent as cops had been assaulted, the Capitol was ransacked and members of this physique fled for his or her lives. That there are nonetheless members of his occasion who refuse to carry him accountable,” Trahan mentioned. “It’s due to that inaction that there’s just one path ahead to place an finish to this presidency. Donald Trump should be impeached, faraway from workplace, and barred from ever holding the workplace of the presidency once more.”
U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss
Auchincloss delivered his first ground speech as a part of the Home impeachment debate.
“A mob desecrated our Capitol, killed a police officer and tried to overthrow our authorities on the orders of the president of the US,” he mentioned. “Fast impeachment is our responsibility beneath a Structure that compels us to defend towards enemies overseas and home.
“As a Marine officer, I defended our democracy from overseas enemies. As a Member of Congress, I’m solemnly resolved to defend it from home ones. With this vote, we strike a blow for ethical management.”
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley
“Donald Trump continues to be probably the most urgent menace to our democracy and our nationwide safety. Each day that he stays in workplace poses a grave menace to the American folks. The Home has carried out our solemn responsibility to question him, and now our colleagues within the Senate should act with the urgency this second calls for to convict and take away him and bar him from in search of elected workplace ever once more,” Pressley, who’s in isolation after her husband, Conan Harris, examined constructive for COVID-19, mentioned in an announcement.
“Historical past will without end keep in mind Donald Trump because the twice-impeached President who led one of the vital merciless and corrupt administrations in American historical past. Following right now’s vote, the Home should undertake instant, complete and clear investigations into the harrowing white supremacist assaults that happened on January 6 to know how these violent extremists had been in a position to breach our Capitol, the assistance they might have had from the within, and what should be finished to make sure an assault like this may by no means occur once more. Our work to guard our democracy continues,” she continued.
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch
“It’s past dispute that President Trump incited a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol to cease the Home and Senate from fulfilling our Constitutional duties. That traitorous assault resulted within the harm and loss of life of civilians and regulation enforcement,” Lynch mentioned in an announcement.
“Mr. Trump’s phrases and actions have made it essential to deploy 14,000 Nationwide Guard personnel to defend the Capitol. His scurrilous conduct has demonstrably confirmed that he’s unfit to train the duties of his workplace and that he’s a hazard to our democracy and nationwide safety,” Lynch continued, urging Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell to “carry the Senate again into session” to start an impeachment trial and saying, “For the great of the nation and to protect our democratic republic, President Trump should go now.”
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal
“What occurred final Wednesday afternoon was an affront to our historic republic, and the President illustrated his full lack of ability to steer this nation with honor and successfully fulfill his constitutional responsibility,” Neal mentioned in an announcement, including, “We’re a nation constructed on rule of regulation, not the regulation of rulers. Final Wednesday, the President incited an riot and right now I voted as soon as once more to question him.”
U.S. Rep. Invoice Keating
Keating tweeted, “My vote to question Donald Trump right now was the clearest-cut vote I’ll ever need to make in Congress.”