Langevin Votes in Favor of Second Impeachment of President Trump

Jan 13, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today voted in favor H. Res. 24, impeaching President Donald J. Trump for inciting violence against the Government of the United States. President Trump’s actions resulted in the violent uprising that overtook the United States Capitol during the Joint Session of Congress to Count Electoral Votes on January 6, 2021. It passed the House by a vote of 232-197.  The following may be attributed to Congressman Langevin:

“I do not take my decision to impeach President Trump lightly, but my duty is clear. Last Wednesday, January 6, the American people witnessed the wave of terror and lawlessness he encouraged as a mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. President Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy, our values, and the rule of law, and he must be removed before he can do more damage.

“Time and again, President Trump has lied as he attempts to cast doubt on the outcome of our elections. He invited his political supporters to Washington for a ‘wild’ rally on the same day Congress counted Electoral College votes and encouraged them to ‘fight like hell’ and to ‘walk down to the Capitol.’ He said, ‘you’ll never take back our country through weakness.’ This language was the spark that lit the fuse that exploded at the heart of our legislature last week. Lives were lost, the core of our democracy was shaken, and members of Congress were terrorized as the President watched the mayhem and continued his efforts to delay the count.

“To retain power, President Trump attempted to coerce state officials to ‘find’ votes. The President knows no ethical boundaries. He would stop at nothing to hold onto power. He is not fit for office, and he must be held accountable.

“With his actions and rhetoric, Trump threatened our Constitution. Today, I fulfilled my duty to support and defend the Constitution ‘against all enemies foreign and domestic’ by voting to impeach him. This is yet another solemn day for America, but this is the necessary course of action on the heels of President Trump’s reprehensible behavior, which is contrary to honesty, integrity, and the American way. I now urge my Senate colleagues to honor their oaths and remove him once and for all.”