“No moral president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry,” Rep. Steven Cohen (D-Tenn.) said.


Today, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, announced  that he will introduce articles of impeachment against the president, stating that Trump had “failed the presidential test of moral leadership.”

Following his explosive and off the cuff comments on the deadly Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, Representatives on both sides of the aisle have called for President Trump to be removed from office.

“Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said ‘there were very fine people on both sides,’” Cohen said in a statement. “There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen.”

As Huffington Post reports, Trump initially blamed “many sides” for hatred and bigotry on Saturday, but eventually condemned white supremacist groups specifically after facing intense backlash. However, on Tuesday, he defended rally participants and accused counterprotesters ― whom he referred to as the “alt-left” ― of also acting violently. He’s since aligned himself further with rally participants by decrying the removal of Confederate monuments.

President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership. No moral president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry.”

 Rep. Steve Cohen

The Huffington Post writes:

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) filed the first article of impeachment against Trump in June after following former FBI Director James Comey’s explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I believe that Trump’s use of threats to obstruct the ongoing criminal investigations of Michael Flynn clearly violate 18 U.S.C. 1512(b)(3); Violations of that section are a felony,” Sherman said in a statement. “Trump’s efforts to obstruct the investigation of his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia violated the same statute.”


Despite mounting Democratic interest, impeachment is a complicated process that requires the support of a majority of members of the House of Representatives. No GOP members have publicly floated impeachment, though lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have begun to express concern over whether Trump is fit to lead in recent weeks.