The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is weighing whether to have the group join Democratic party attempts to impeach President Donald Trump, the caucus announced during a Monday call with media.
Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the CBC, announced he is planning a meeting to decide if the members of the caucus will join impeachment efforts, reports McClatchyDC.
“You can make an argument based on pure competency and fitness to serve, and that’s the conversation the caucus will have,” Richmond said during the conference call. “Am I concerned about high crimes and misdemeanors? Absolutely. Am I concerned about this president’s fitness to serve? Absolutely.”
Other CBC members like Democratic Reps. Al Green and Maxine Waters have also repeatedly called for the impeachment of Trump.
“Instead of disabled people in wheelchairs, the only person who should be dragged anywhere is Trump — down the hall, to impeachment,” Waters said after a few people were handcuffed in June during a protest against the health care reform bill.
Richmond also asked historically black colleges to cancel a meeting with the Trump administration next month in light of Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville, Va., riots. He said the president’s comments showed a lack of concern and compassion for black students. Trump first blamed “many sides” for violence during the riots, and then explicitly called out neo-Nazis, the Klu Klux Klan and white supremacists a day later.
Omasoa Manigault, an aide to Trump, told Buzzfeed News that the White House had no plans to cancel the upcoming meeting with historically black colleges and universities. The president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund also asked the colleges to pause the meeting, again citing concerns over Trump’s reaction to the white supremacist rally in Virginia
“President Trump’s commitment to the HBCU community remains strong and unwavering,” Manigault said. “Registration is currently at capacity and we are looking forward to welcoming HBCU presidents, students, and guests.”
The White House did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.
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