(CNSNews.com) – President Trump on Wednesday thanked House Democrats who voted effectively to kill a resolution seeking to impeach him, describing the vote result as “a slaughter.”
“I have to tell you, this vote was so big, I have to thank many of the Democrats,” he said during a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina. “I mean that was amazing – no, no, I really do, I respect it. I really do.”
“I want to thank them,” he repeated, “because they did the right thing for our country.”
Wednesday’s vote, on a motion to “table” Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green’s impeachment resolution – which House Democratic leaders oppose – passed overwhelmingly, 332-95.
Still, Green did manage to secure more support for his position than he did in two previous attempts, in the 115th Congress.
On Wednesday, 137 Democrats joined 194 Republicans and one independent voting to kill the resolution, while 95 Democrats – just over 40 percent of the caucus – voted against the motion.
When introducing his previous impeachment resolutions, in June 2017 and January 2018, Green also forced votes on motions to table those measures, and won the support of 58 and 66 Democrats respectively.
Among the 95 votes in favor of keeping Green’s resolution alive were those of the quartet of high-profile freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)
“It’s time folks,” Tlaib tweeted afterwards. “Today, I voted to bring articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. 95 [sic] of my colleagues agreed with me!”
Also voting with the 95 was one of the three House members running for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.). Of the other two House presidential hopefuls, Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) went with the majority, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) did not vote.
Green filed his resolution immediately after the House on Tuesday night voted to condemn Trump’s tweets targeting Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley. Green’s motion claimed that Trump, by his statements, had “brought the high office of the president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute.”
“Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States, is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office,” the measure stated, as read out by Green.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reiterated that she did not support the move, pointing to other efforts underway to probe the president’s conduct.
“We’ll deal with that resolution on the floor,” she told reporters, “but as I have said over and over again – with all the respect in the world for Mr. Green who’s a very prayerful person, and he cares very much about the Constitution and our country – so as I say, with all the respect in the world for him, we have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in.”
“That is the serious path we are on, not that Mr. Green is not serious, but – we’ll deal with that on the floor.”
Tlaib last March introduced a measure calling on the House Judiciary Committee to “inquire whether the House of Representatives should impeach Donald John Trump.” The first four members to sign up as co-sponsors were Green, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley. There are now 16, all Democrats.