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Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 13, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GROTHMAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to strongly object to the Article of Impeachment proposed against President Trump, which makes the preposterous claim that President Trump wanted or expected the riots that took place last week. He clearly said he wanted a peaceful and patriotic demonstration. He did say he wanted people to ``fight like hell or we are not going to have a country anymore,'' but that is obviously standard hyperbole and was not meant to aim at physical fights.

But what is offensive is what you are saying--and is inflammatory-- about the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters who were there last week, as well as the tens of millions of people they represent. You don't understand why they are here.

They are scared to death we are going to go back to the days without Donald Trump, of hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border every month. They are scared to death nobody is going to keep our manufacturing here. They are scared to death that nobody else will fight the cancel culture as we head toward an era when some things can't be said. They are scared to death that the majority party got here by teaming up with Black Lives Matter, a bunch founded by Marxists and the dislike of family.

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