Ilhan Omar calls Trump a ‘tyrant’ as she votes to impeach him
WASHINGTON, United States – Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis, called President Donald Trump a “tyrant” as she voted to impeach him Wednesday for the second time.
“For years we have been asked to turn a blind eye to crime, corruption and the blatant disregard for the rule of law on the part of this White House tyrant,” Omar said in a House speech. during the impeachment debate.
For Republican Jim Hagedorn, a Republican who represents southern Minnesota, removing Trump is tantamount to “further dividing an already shattered nation” – even though Hagedorn has never rejected the president’s false claims about a rigged election.
“The Democrats have pursued another wrongful and politically motivated indictment,” Hagedorn said in a statement released after the House vote.
Their sentiments reflect the division of the party line within the Minnesota delegation on Wednesday in the historic second vote to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a violent attack by his supporters last week on the U.S. Capitol.
The final House vote was 232-197 to impeach Trump, with all Democrats joined by 10 Republicans. The Minnesota delegation, with four Democrats and four Republicans, split along party lines.
Omar was the only Minnesota lawmaker to speak in the hour-long House debate. In brief remarks, she said Trump must be dismissed and removed from office for “directly and specifically” instigating “a violent attempt to interrupt our democracy.”
Omar was joined by other Democratic representatives, Betty McCollum, Angie Craig and Dean Phillips. Hagedorn voted against impeachment with Representatives Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Michelle Fischbach.
“With less than seven days left in this administration, we should focus on advancing and returning to work on behalf of the American people,” Fischbach said in a statement released after the House vote.
Fischbach is the last member of the Minnesota delegation, having defeated longtime Democratic Representative Collin Peterson in the state’s Seventh Congressional District last November.
In December 2019, Peterson was one of only two House Democrats to vote against Trump’s impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But that vote was not enough to save Peterson in the heavily pro-Trump district of western Minnesota.
In the days leading up to Wednesday’s impeachment vote, several Republicans in Minnesota raised concerns that Trump’s impeachment in his final days in office could escalate tensions – although they all refused to a degree. or to another for weeks to acknowledge the victory or push by President-elect Joe Biden back on Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about a rigged election.
Hagedorn said Democrats were looking for reasons to impeach Trump even before he took office four years ago, and said Wednesday’s vote “puts the American people into yet another partisan battle.”
In a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Phillips dismissed the idea that it was the Democrats who were undermining unity.
“Without consequences, without rule of law, we don’t have America,” Phillips said. Of his fellow Republicans who opposed the impeachment, he said: “If they come to a different conclusion than mine, it will be recorded in history. I make no exceptions to oppose opinions , only corruption of principles. What I see is corruption of principles. “
McCollum played a unique role in Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings in the House, chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to chair the debate from the podium. For several hours, McCollum kept the tense debate moving forward in a simple way by sternly imposing deadlines – never letting any of the dozens of lawmakers speak for even a few seconds longer than expected.
“The debate on such a serious issue has been conducted fairly and with a decorum which I hope will guide this legislature for the remainder of the 117th Congress,” McCollum said.
It is not yet clear when the Senate will call a trial to respond to the House impeachment vote. The two Democratic Senators from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both voted to impeach Trump last year following the impeachment of the House, and both have said since the attack on Capitol Hill last week that he no longer deserved to be in office.