With little more than a month under his belt as President of the United States, Donald Trump is already facing Democrat calls for impeachment. On Tuesday, a resolution to impeach Trump was passed. Unanimously. By a city council. In a town in California.
As reported by ABC7 News, the city council of Richmond, California, boasted that the city is the first in America to call on Congress to open an investigation into Trump’s continued ownership of his business holdings.
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ABC7 reports that while the city council recognizes that its resolution was unusual, it thinks it’s valid. “Unfortunately with this president it’s oddly appropriate,” as city council member Jael Myrick sees it.
Council member Gayle McLaughlin, who introduced the impeachment resolution, said Trump’s business holdings alone provide grounds for impeachment. She continued:
“This is our voice. This is our country. We have a right to speak up.”
But Richmond resident Mark Wassberg disagrees, and says the whole thing is “stupid”:
“Actually you don’t have a voice because the GOP controls Congress and you people are stupid enough to think Congress will impeach Trump.”
The impeachment resolution by the city of 107,000, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, isn’t its first area protest against Trump. On the night of the election, high school students held a protest march through the streets.
Richmond’s City Council is comprised of seven members, including Democrat Mayor Tom Butt. As reported by The Washington Times, Butt recently compared Trump’s views on climate change to beliefs held during the Dark Ages:
“I was reminded that the times we are going through with Trump are not unlike the Dark Ages, when reclusive monks in remote monasteries copied and preserved ancient Greek and Latin manuscripts until they could be rediscovered in the Renaissance.
Bernie Sanders supporter Ellen Faden thinks it’s all good:
“A lot of politicians aren’t willing to go on the record to do this because it can go against them. But as grass roots, as Bernie said, we have to start from the grass roots.”
Ironically, San Francisco’s own Nancy Pelosi recently tamped down talk of impeachment, as reported by The Hill.
The House Minority Leader called Trump “reckless,” but said he’s not impeachable.
“[There] are grounds for displeasure and unease in the public about the performance of this president who has acted in a way that is strategically incoherent, that is incompetent and that is reckless. And that is not grounds for impeachment.”
Still, she’d love to see it happen. “I hope he’s not there for four years,” she said, “and my greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment.”