Rep. Al Green of Texas and Ron Fein have an op-ed in The Hill today entitled “Trump’s racist abuses demand impeachment.” The op-ed argues:
The House of Representatives has passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at four members of Congress, telling them to “go back” to other countries. But the House must do more than just condemn. It must impeach. . . .
The House must answer the call of history and impeach Trump for his long pattern of abusing his office for the unconstitutional purpose of promoting racism and bigotry, by misusing agencies of the executive branch to punish, humiliate, and unlawfully discriminate, and misusing his official position to promote hatred, hostility, and unlawful violence.
As the op-ed explains (and as is detailed in The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump), impeachable offenses are not limited to prosecutable crimes, such as obstruction of justice. They also include, in the words of the leading text on impeachable offenses, serious abuses of office that “are plainly wrong in themselves to a person of honor, or to a good citizen, regardless of words on the statute books.” Trump’s race-baiting—no less than his obstruction of justice, or emoluments from foreign governments—causes ongoing injury to American society, and rises to this level. As the op-ed concludes:
The United States has often fallen short of the promise in the Declaration of Independence that all people “are created equal.” And other presidents have not been without fault. But Trump’s efforts to undermine American values from within are dangerous and unprecedented in the modern era. Congress must demand his impeachment.