WASHINGTON (KMOX) - Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri is being both attacked and lauded for comments in her first speech made on the U.S. House floor. She continued her already vocal push for the removal of President Donald Trump, by labeling him "white supremacist-in-chief."
Many lawmakers have been pushing for Trump's forced exit, with just days until President-elect Joe Biden is swore into office. Rep. Bush is among those hoping for Trump to either be impeached or pushed out via the 25th Amendment.
She was booed after giving the speech and responded on Twitter, saying "What does it mean when they boo the Black congresswoman denouncing white supremacy?"
Here's the full transcription of Rep. Bush's statement:
"Madam Speaker. St. Louis and I rise in support of the article of impeachment against Donald J. Trump. If we fail to remove a white supremacist President who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s First District that suffer the most.
"The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy, starting with impeaching the white supremacist-in-chief.
"Thank you and I yield back."
Vice President Mike Pence has stated he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, had expressed support for the action last week.
Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time Wednesday as the House sped to a vote. Actual removal seems unlikely before Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican leader would not agree to bring the chamber back immediately, all but ensuring a Senate trial could not begin at least until Jan. 19.
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