2020 Democrats Team Up to Call For Trump’s Impeachment at Debate: ‘The Most Corrupt President of All Time’
At the outset of Tuesday night’s CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate, the candidates unanimously called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Anderson Cooper started the evening by asking the candidates for their thoughts about the House impeachment inquiry of Trump over the Ukraine scandal. While the questions were diversified in terms of whether or not Trump should be removed by election, if impeachment is the only option, or if there is sufficient evidence to charge the president, the candidates were harmonious in their condemnation for the president.
Here are the best moments from their responses:
“We took a constitutional oath that is that no one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States. Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences. This is about Donald Trump, But understand, it’s about the next president, and the next president. and the next president, and the future of this country.”
“The idea that we have a president of the United States who is prepared to hold back national security money to one of our allies to get dirt on a presidential candidate is beyond comprehension. So I look forward to not only a speedy and expeditious impeachment process, but Mitch McConnell has got to do the right thing and allow a fair trial in the senate.”
“This president is the most corrupt in modern history and I think all of our history. This President of the United States has gone so far as to say, since this later event, that in fact he will not cooperate in any way at all, will not provide witnesses, will not provide information, will not do anything to cooperate with the impeachment. They have no choice but to move.”
“On this issue with Ukraine, he has been selling out our democracy. Our framers imagined this moment: a moment where we would have a corrupt president. Our framers then rightly designed our system of democracy to say there will be checks and balances. This is one of those moments. So Congress must act.”
“I share the same sense of urgency of everybody on this stage. I understand the outrage that we all feel. We have to conduct this process in a way that is honorable, that brings our country together, doesn’t rip us apart…I swore an oath to do my job as a senator, do my duty. This president has violated his. I will do mine.”
“We have a constitutional duty to pursue this impeachment, but we also can stand up for America because this president has not been putting America in front of his own personal interests.”
“What we have to recognize is that not only did the Mueller report point out ten different instances where the president obstructed justice or tried to, and he made that call to President Zelensky of the Ukraine, but he is – in an ongoing way – violating his oath of office and abusing his power. We have to impeach this president. The majority of Americans not only support impeachment, they support removal. He should be removed.”
“The president has left Congress with no choice. This is not just about holding the president accountable for not just things emerging in these investigations, but actions he confessed to on television. It’s also about the presidency itself, because a president ten years or 100 years from now will look back at this moment and draw the conclusion: either that no one is above the law, or that a president can get away with anything.”
“The serious issues that have been raised around this phone call he had with the president of Ukraine and many other things that transpired around that are what caused me to support the inquiry in the house. I think that it should continue to play its course out, to gather all the information, provide that to the American people, recognizing that that is the only way forward.”
“I started the Need to Impeach movement because I knew there was something wrong at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue, that we did have the most corrupt president in the country and only the voice and will of the American people would drag Washington to see it as a matter of right and wrong, not of political expediency. Impeaching and removing the president is something the American people are demanding. they are the voice that counts, and that’s who I went to.”
“I support impeachment, but we shouldn’t have any illusions that impeaching Donald Trump will one: be successful, or two: erase the problems that got him elected in 2016…When we are talking about him, we are losing. We need to present a new vision and that includes talking about impeaching Donald Trump.”
“Those who have willingly sacrifice their lives to defend this country and our constitution, we are the inheritors of their service and their sacrifice. We have a responsibility to be fearless in the face of this president’s criminality and his lawlessness.”
Watch in two parts above, via CNN.
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