Dem. Rep. Al Green Blames Trump for Ralph Northam Scandal, Urges Impeachment
Last week, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) used the scandal surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's blackface-KKK yearbook photo to repeat his incessant calls for Congress to impeach President Donald Trump. Indeed, Green blamed Trump for Northam's refusal to resign, despite calls from Democrats across the country.
"When we allow bigotry to infect the body politic with impunity at the highest level, other levels will expect impunity for their bigotry," Green tweeted. "Gov. Northam’s refusal to resign for his bigotry is a symptom. Failure to act on Pres. Trump’s bigotry is the problem." The congressman added the hashtag "Impeachment Is Not Dead."
Al Green also delivered similar remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday.
He declared "that the refusal to resign because of blatant bigotry is a symptom. The refusal to resign when it is obvious, intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, that there is bigotry. The refusal to resign when there is clear and convincing evidence of bigotry, when there is guilt beyond all doubt, when there's a smoking gun."
Northam has insisted that the photo on his yearbook page — which shows two men, one in blackface and the other in a KKK robe and hood — did not show him and was unknown to him before the controversy broke earlier this month. Yet a former staffer who worked on that yearbook insisted that the photos were chosen by the individual students for their own pages. Northam did admit to wearing blackface when dressing as Michael Jackson at a party in the 1980s. The Virginia governor has refused to resign.
Al Green did not place primary blame on Ralph Northam, however, but on Donald Trump.
"The refusal to resign under these circumstances is a symptom. The problem is at the presidential level," the congressman declared. "It is the refusal to take on a president who has exhibited bigotry in policy. When we allow bigotry in policy to proceed with immunity [sic], we allow persons to believe that they, too, can emulate that which comes from the highest office in the land."
"You have in Virginia a klansman and blackface next to each other in a yearbook. It has been acknowledged as that of the governor," Green continued. "With that acknowledgment and with that additional indication that it was done on a previous occasion, blackface, there is enough evidence not only to ask that the governor resign, but to demand that he do so."