U.S. Rep. Al Green has received multiple voice mails containing racial slurs and lynching threats for calling U.S. President Donald Trump to be impeached. The Texas congressman played the recording to an audience of around 100 in a Houston town hall, according to the Huffington Post.
Representative Green has also posted the voice recordings on his YouTube channel. The videos have been attached below. Warning! Contains strong language.
“Hey Al Green, we’ve got an impeachment for you. It’s going to be yours. It’s actually going to give you a short trial before we hang your n****r ass.”
“We’ll lynch all you f***in’ n*****s. You’ll be hanging from a tree.”
Speaking in the same Town Hall event, Rep. Al Green made it clear that these threats would not stop him from calling for Trumps impeachment.
“It does not deter us. We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do, and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.”
Green however later, speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, claimed that he had taken the threats quite seriously and that extreme security measures had been taken for the town hall event.
“When people say that they will lynch you, I think you have to take that seriously.”
One of the callers even claimed that Obama was not an American and was born in Kenya, saying that no one had ever called for his impeachment. Both of these claims are, of course, false. They had called for Obama’s impeachment and he was in fact born in the United States. The infamous “birther” conspiracy theory concerning Obama’s place of birth was widely spread by Trump. After Obama produced official documents showing his place of birth last year, Trump stepped back from the claim. A poll from September however showed that 39 percent of Republicans still didn’t believe that Obama was born in the United States, while another 28 percent said they weren’t sure where he was born.
Rep. Al Green had taken on the House floor on Wednesday, calling for U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment following his firing of FBI director James Comey. Comey had been investigating into the possibilities of the Trump Election campaign’s ties to Russia.
“I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice. I do not do this for political purposes. I do it because, Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the president of the United States of America. Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk.”
According to the New York Times, Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to stop investigating his former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn. This happened during an Oval Office meeting in February, and was noted in a memo Comey had taken after the meeting.
According to Comey’s memo, the President said that he hope Comey could “let [it] go.”
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
This has been one of the clearest evidences suggesting that President Trump has been trying to stop the Justice Department’s and the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between himself and Russia. The White House later released a statement, saying that this was an inaccurate portrayal of the conversation between Trump and Comey. The statement claimed that Trump holds the utmost respect for the law enforcement agencies and would never do anything to influence their investigations.
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