The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) unanimously voted to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson announced in a statement that the civil rights organization recognized that Trump’s pattern of “misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again, that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country.”
“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,” Johnson said in the statement.
“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,” Johnson continued.
Among the 235 House Democrats, there are 93 Democratic lawmakers who are calling for an impeachment inquiry against Trump. The NAACP’s vote also came a day before special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, which many Democrats hope will bring a case for impeachment against Trump.
The passing of this resolution comes just two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) spoke at the NAACP convention in Detroit on July 22. In her speech, Pelosi made no mention of Trump and has not pushed for impeachment like other Democratic lawmakers.
“Once we break the grasp of special interests, once we put power back into the hands of the people, the American people can finally and fully achieve justice in America,” she said.
Tlaib, one of the four congresswomen Trump has targeted with racist tweets this month, told the crowd at the convention that despite the president’s threats, she isn’t going anywhere. She stated, “I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president.”
Trump continued his attacks on the four freshman lawmakers in a tweet he wrote by calling them a “racist group of troublemakers.” In his tweet, he is referring to Tlaib, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley, and New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The president reportedly wrote the tweet while he was traveling to pay his respects to the late Justice John Paul Stevens, ABC News previously reported.
“The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border… And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” Trump tweeted.
During a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan the same day at the White House, Trump continued to attack the congresswomen.
“I think they’re really bad for our country. They must hate our country,” Trump told reporters. “I think they’re very bad for our country. I think they’re very bad for the Democrat Party. I think you see that, and they’re pulling the Democrats way left.
“Nobody knows how to handle them. I feel they’re easy to handle,” Trump continued. “To me they’re easy to handle because they’re just out there. They’re very bad for our country, absolutely.”
Trump also singled out Congresswoman Omar during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina earlier this month. During his speech at the rally, he distorted the Democratic lawmaker’s comments and accused her of “having a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic” remarks. His speech caused the crowd to chant, “Send her back!”
“Omar blamed the United States for the crisis in Venezuela. I mean, think of that one. And she looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump previously said. “And, obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.
“When she talked about the evil Israel and it’s ‘all about the Benjamins’ — not a good thing to say. So that’s Omar, that’s Omar,” Trump continued.
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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.