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Alabama Republicans denounce impeachment articles against President Trump

President Donald Trump speaking in 2017 just outside Harrisburg. (Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/U.S. Air National Guard)

Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled two formal articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump (R). Alabama Republican leaders dismissed the Democratic efforts as an attempted coup to overthrow the 2016 election.

Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) said in a statement, “Nancy Pelosi and her Socialist horde are in the final stages of their planned coup against President Trump. The lies from Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler form the basis of their treacherous claims. Their actions will be remembered in history as one of the greatest abuses of power in American history.”

“Nothing more than a pathetic witch hunt to overthrow what the PEOPLE voted for in 2016, plain and simple,” Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said. “Americans will see clearly through this clown show and re-elect President Trump in 2020!”

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said on social media, “House Democrats have now unveiled #ArticlesOfImpeachment against President Trump, despite continued lack of evidence. This is an embarrassing day for the House of Representatives and just one more phase in what has been a blatant miscarriage of justice from the start.”

“1127. That’s how many days it’s been since @realDonaldTrump won Election Day 2016 and Democrats continue to try and overturn the results,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) on social media. “These impeachment charges are so political, not even all their members will be able to stomach voting for them.”

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said, “I wanted to share with you a statement from the Republican National Committee concerning this morning’s actions by House Democrats who filed two articles of impeachment against President Trump. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is correct when she says this is just another attempt to overthrow a duly-elected President.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said, “From day one, this has been their battle cry. Through national hissy fits layered in anger, they are doing exactly what many Democrats have pushed for since the beginning of President Trump’s presidency. We do not hear one word about the incredible economy our citizens are experiencing. It is shameful behavior on the Democrats’ part. Hopefully, America will have the last say in the 2020 elections and remove those who have participated in this sham.”

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Lathan dared U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) to vote to convict the President when the case is heard in the Senate.

Democrats can pass their impeachment resolutions on a party line vote in the U.S. House of Representatives; but the effort to remove the President is unlikely to draw many Republican votes. It would take substantial Republican backing for Trump to be removed in the Senate. No President has ever been removed in the history of the United States. Richard M. Nixon (R) did resign before he could be impeached by the House. That impeachment effort however had bipartisan support. To this point the effort to remove the President has been overwhelmingly partisan.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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