Texas Democrat Al Green is calling for a House vote Wednesday afternoon on two articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Don’t expect the effort to succeed. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer have told Democrats that they plan on voting to table the motion. In other words, voting to make sure the bill doesn’t get a vote.
Green’s motion comes in the wake of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea in the ongoing special counsel investigation into Trump and his 2016 campaign. But, notably, the two articles have nothing to do with that ongoing investigation.
Green’s impeachment articles focus on divisive statements and actions Trump has taken, including his defense of racist protests and violence in Charlottesville, Va.; derisive comments about National Football League national anthem protests; and recent retweets of videos posted by a far-right nationalist British group, among other things.
“The question isn’t whether we have a bigot as President, the question is: What are we going to do about it?” Green wrote this week in a letter to other House Democrats. “The answer is: impeachment for his high misdemeanors, which need not be a crime.”
Along a barren dirt road, Border Patrol agents spot a mother and son, carrying nothing as they walk along the river’s edge. The sun beats down on them as the patrol car pulls up.
“Where are you from?” Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro asks the mother. “How much did you pay to get here?”
Recent statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show “an unprecedented decline” in the numbers of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. It announced a 40 percent drop from January to February, and credited the Trump administration’s tough actions on immigration as the cause.
But in this corner of south Texas, every day still sees migrants trying to make it to the United States.
Jackie Kennedy opening the door to the vehicle holding the casket of President Kennedy after his assassination in Dallas, Texas. The President’s brother, Robert F Kennedy, can be seen next to Mrs Kennedy after she deplaned Air Force One in Washington DC. November 22, 1963.
President John F Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and First Lady of Texas Nellie Brill Connally riding through Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 before President John F Kennedy was assassinated.
Red Cross Exec Doesn't Know What Portion Of Donations Go To Harvey Relief
As Americans are opening their wallets and donating to relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most prominent charities is the American Red Cross.
But donors might be surprised to learn the Red Cross doesn’t make clear what percentage of their dollars will go directly to helping the victims of the storm.
Dating back to 2014, NPR and Pro Publica have reported that the Red Cross misstated how donor dollars are spent.
In an interview with Morning Edition host Ailsa Chang, Red Cross executive Brad Kieserman was asked about reports that the charity has unusually high administrative costs.
“We are committed, I am committed, my team is committed to using our resources and donor dollars in a way that best helps the people of Texas,” said Kieserman, vice president of disaster operations and logistics.
Morning Edition’s Ailsa Chang: Through donations, how much of every dollar goes to relief?
Red Cross executive Brad Kieserman: Yeah, I don’t think I know the answer to that any better than the chief fundraiser knows how many, how much it costs to put a volunteer downrange for a week and how many emergency response vehicles I have on the road today. So I think if he was on this interview and you were asking how many relief vehicles in Texas, I don’t think he’d know the answer and I don’t know the answer to the financial question I’m afraid.
Fred Maddox is a
Trump supporter in Texas. He and his wife were very grateful to receive $14,000 from FEMA after Hurricane Harvey. When asked about Puerto Ricans receiving similar federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, however, Maddox objected:
“It’s a problem, but they need to handle it. It shouldn’t be up to us,
really. I don’t think so. They’re sitting back, they’re taking the
money, they’re taking a little under the table. [Trump]’s trying to wake them
up: Do your job. Be responsible.”
David Hogg, a 76-year-old Trump supporter in Texas, was “very glad” to learn that a local friend without flood insurance had received funds from FEMA after Hurricane Harvey. But he still feels that Puerto Rico shouldn’t get any government assistance, opining that Puerto Ricans’ “lack of responsibility is not an emergency on my part.” (Then again,
Hogg also wrongly believes that Puerto Rico is a separate country, not part of the United States.)
also agrees with fellow Trump supporter Donna Ramirez, who asserts that Puerto Rico isn’t truly in as much trouble as the media claims because “There’s a big chunk of the population that lives without electricity all the time.” This is false: 96% of Puerto Rico had electricity before Hurricane Maria.
While nearly 80% of Puerto Ricans still
lack electricity and 30% still do not have access to clean drinking
water, Donald Trump pats himself on the back for doing a “fantastic job” and gives himself
a grade of 10 out of 10. It isn’t really surprising that Trump supporters won’t let facts get in the way of the stories they choose to believe. They never question Trump, so why should they ever question themselves?