CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A North Side congressman who voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump for a second time is concerned about the potential for domestic terrorism in the future.
"You can’t just say, 'Schwew, we survived', that there has to be accountability," said Congressman Mike Quigley.
Quigley said President Trump has to pay for inciting last week’s insurrection. He said impeachment is the first step.
What really concerns the congressman, he said, is that after seeing the dark anger of last week's crowd, is the possibility of future violence by people who live in, what Quigley calls "an information bubble" and do not believe the truth about the election results.
"I believe they feel that last week was a dress rehearsal," he said.
Congressman Mike Quigley said House and Senate members who stirred up rioters should face consequences, the most obvious being that they be voted out by their constituents.
As for his personal safety, he said there’s only so much he can do and that he has to do his job. Besides, he said, "You can’t let the mob win."
"In a joking manner, I used to say that Chicago politics prepared me for anything. Well, we have now blown past all that," he said.
The congressman said he never would have imagined what has happened over the past week.
"We were reminded that we need training for our gas masks, and in the most 'Oh, by the way' fashion, we were told that if we purchase a bulletproof vest, it is reimbursable," Quigley said.
As he was in the airport waiting to return to Chicago last Thursday, Cong. Quigley said Trump supporters "were having a pep rally celebrating their victory" and threatening the life of Vice President Mike Pence.
Cong. Mike Quigley doesn’t know whether the Senate will convict President Trump, but he said his impeachment vote says that accountability matters.