News & Politics

Sharpton: House Democrats Proceeding with Impeachment 'Not Partisan, It's Patriotic'

Rev. Al Sharpton at the 2019 Essence Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)

WASHINGTON — Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats proceeding with impeachment is “not partisan, it’s patriotic.”

“I think that they’ve done the right thing moving forward. I think the evidence is there and I think that they’ve made a clear case,” Sharpton said before the Urban One Honors, hosted by Radio One, where he received a leadership award on Thursday evening.

When it comes to a trial taking place in the Senate, Sharpton said that “the question is are they party first or are they patriots first? Are they going to stand up for what’s right for the country? Can you set a precedent where a sitting president will use congressionally approved funds to ask a foreign government to interfere in our election by smearing his potential opponent? That’s what’s on trial here.”

Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC, was also asked for his opinion of “cancel culture.”

“I believe that we need to not cancel anybody. I think everybody has a place. Everybody ought to celebrate who they are — that’s what we’re here about tonight. We shouldn’t have to conform to anything and anybody and feel that we’re going to be canceled out,” he said. “We need to move the boundaries no matter who and what we are — that’s what God made us to be, we ought to celebrate that.”