HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Congressman Al Green is not only calling for, but is taking steps to have President Donald Trump impeached. The move follows the President's alleged disparaging remarks about Haiti and African nations.
President Trump says he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti and adds that he didn't use a word that equates to a toilet to describe African countries. However, those claims are infuriating people around the world and here in Houston.
“My mom and dad would probably take offense to what he said as well,” says Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, speaking at a civil rights event honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Mayor Turner explained to the audience how he still lives in Acres Homes, the neighborhood where he was raised.
“If I was using the words of the President, he probably would say it's a ****hole community, but I want you to know that one of the kids from that ****hole community is now the Mayor of the city of Houston,” says Mayor Turner.
”When he says what he said, he demeans not only the people who live on that continent, but he demeans the descendants of those people,” adds Congressman Green, who is moving to have President Trump impeached.
The claims about President Trump come after the President supposedly called African countries a word similar to a dump in a meeting in the Oval Office regarding immigration. President Trump also supposedly questioned why the U.S. would allow more immigrants from Haiti instead of countries like Norway.
“As a person who understands bigotry, racism and hatred, we have a President who is a bigot,” says Congressman Green.
“I have been so upset," explains Henry Udoewa, who is the chief financial officer for a Houston bank but is originally from Nigeria. "I can’t even imagine the President of the United States being so divisive.” One of Udoewa’s sons is a Harvard graduate and a PhD.
“Nigeria is one of the richest countries in the world," says Udeowa. "We have resources. For him to sit in the White House and use those kind of words is sad.”
”Going forward, he’s just making it really, really tough to respect the office of the presidency,” says Linda Anukwuem, whose parents are from Nigeria.
”There is no question about that," adds Udoewa. "He has damaged world relations. I hear people who say he has to apologize. I don’t need an apology from Trump. This is who he is."
Congressman Green plans to present an impeachment vote to the 435 members of the House of Representatives next week. A majority would have to side with impeachment for his push to be successful. Green's first impeachment attempt in December 2017 landed 58 votes in favor of getting the President out of office.