Black Congressman Got Lynching Threats After Calling For Trump’s Impeachment
Since Green called for President Trumps impeachment, hesreceived phone calls involving racial slurs and lynching threats, the reports.
One caller reportedly said, Hey, Al Green, we got an impeachment for you. Its going to be yours. Was actually gonna give you a short trial before we hang your n***** ass.
Another caller said,
Youre not going to impeach anybody, you f*cking n*****Youll be hanging from a tree.
I didnt see anybody calling for the impeachment of your n***** Obama when he was born in Kenya.
Hes not even an American. So f*ck you, n*****.
Green, who is black, is a Democrat who represents Texas 9th Congressional District.
The congressman wanted his constituents to understand what were dealing with and played recordings of the phone calls during a town hall meeting in Houston on Saturday.
Responding to these threats, according to the Houston Chronicle, Green said, 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.
You cannot allow hate to be hidden.
You have to expose hate. Hate is a means by which people can be harmed. Its an evil.
The best way to deal with evil is to expose.
Here are the recordings of the calls the congressman received.
Its not clear whether those who called Green will face any consequences.
The language in the phone class Green received was undeniably disturbing and racist,but its unclear whether police are investigating the phone class, according to the .
For a hate crime to occur, an act such as murder, arson, or vandalism must be accompanied by an added element of bias, according to the FBIs website.
The website also states, Hate itself is not a crime and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.
There are limits to free speech when threats are involved, but this is a very complex issue that even the Supreme Court has struggled with in recent years.
Long story short, the people who threatened Rep. Al Green might get away with it.
Green is not the only Democratdiscussing Trumps impeachment.
President Trump fired FBI Director James Comeyon May 9.
Initially, the Trump administrationsaid it made the decision to fire Comey based on recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
In a memo, Rosenstein cited Comeys mishandling of the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons use of a private email server as grounds for his dismissal.
Many were suspicious of the initial justification, given Comeys actions in that investigation arguably helped Trump win the election.
Moreover, Comey was also in the midst of investigating the Trump administrations alleged collusion with Russian interference in the US presidential election.
Trump put his administrations narrative on the Comey ousting into question when he told NBCs Lester Holt he was going to fire Comeyregardless of the recommendation from the deputy attorney general and the attorney general.
On top of this, recently reported Trump told Russia firing Comey took great pressure off of him because of the investigation, which came not long after it was reported Trump revealed highly classified intel to the Russians as well.
This is more or less the backdrop to Greens call for Trumps impeachment.
But Rep. Maxine Waters and Green have arguably been the most vocal members of Congress on this topic.