Representative Al Green has stood in opposition to Donald Trump for nearly the entirety of his presidency. The Texas congressman called for Trump’s impeachment all the way back in 2017. The measure failed to pass in a House that was still controlled by Republicans.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Green hasn’t continued to act as a burr in Trump’s side. And today, the Texas congressman took significant offense when the President compared his current situation to “a lynching.” Green took to the House floor and delivered a fiery speech where he accused Trump of “weaponizing racism.”
This morning, the President tweeted, “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”
Trump comments were immediately called out by a number of lawmakers, but no one was as fiery in their condemnation as Green.
Green said in a floor speech, “I rise today with a heavy heart and tears welling in my eyes. I rise because how dare the president compare lynching to impeachment. How dare he do this! Does he not know the history of lynching in this country? Does he not know that thousands of African-Americans were lynched, mob violence?! Does he not know this is the equivalent of murder?!”
The Texas representative then spoke directly to Trump. “Mr. President, do you not understand the history that you are encroaching upon,” asked Green. “If you continue to weaponize racism and bigotry, this makes you no better than those who were screaming ‘blood and soil, Jews will not replace us.’ It makes you no better than them! It makes you no better than those who burned crosses! It makes you no better than those who wear hoods and white robes! Do you not understand what you’re doing to this country?!”