On Christmas Eve, Rep. Gwen Moore became the first sitting member of Congress to demand that President Donald Trump resign.
She made her comments as the Dow dove 500 points on the worst Christmas Eve trading day ever. As of Christmas, the market was on track to suffer its worst December since the Great Depression.
“Some of this money for the doggone wall, I wish they would put into places like Flint and Milwaukee,” said Moore, who has worked to secure millions of dollars to remove lead from America’s water infrastructure.
During an interview on the Scott Dworkin report, Moore said a Trump resignation “is a dignified way for him to leave as opposed to being impeached or as opposed to being indicted or having the 25th Amendment evoked. It’s really a very palliative approach to ask him to just go quietly and spare us all this pain.”
December featured a turbulent series of events around the 45th president. His secretary of defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, resigned. The White House chief of staff, John Kelly, set a time for his departure. The federal government partially shut down as Trump reportedly became angry with a budget bill that didn’t include billions in funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Two children died in U.S. custody as administration policy on immigration was led by relative policy novice Stephen Miller.
Though many other members of Congress have been consistently critical of the president, Moore is the first member of Congress to actually call for his resignation. Nine members of the House have either stated on the record that Trump should be impeached or assisted in moving articles of impeachment to the floor of the U.S. House.
The impeachment effort against Trump has been led by Rep. Al Green of Texas. In October 2017, Green drafted an impeachment resolution and articles of impeachment and attempted to have it considered on the House floor against the wishes of Democratic leadership.
Green would be joined a year later by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).
Trump’s current approval rating is only 40 percent. Democrats will take control of the U.S. House on Jan. 3.
Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on Twitter @LVBurke