House Democrats Bid To Formally Censure Trump

Heavy.com reports:

Three House Democrats have announced a censure resolution against President Donald Trump in response to his response to the Charlottesville violence. If it’s voted on, it would be the first time since President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewisnky scandal.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, was joined by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington. Nadler said he plans to introduce the resolution to censure and formally condemn Trump on Friday, August 18 during the House’s next in pro forma sessions.

More from The Hill:

The Senate has voted just once to censure a president: Andrew Jackson in 1834, on the basis that his actions to dismantle the Bank of the United States amounted to an abuse of power. But Jackson’s allies gained a Senate majority and revoked the resolution three years later.

The House has considered measures only a handful of times to censure or rebuke presidents, such as John Tyler in 1842 for abuse of powers and James Buchanan in 1860 over his handling of Navy contracts.

No president has ever been rebuked by both the House and Senate at the same time. Some lawmakers pushed to censure President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial in 1998 instead of outright impeaching him, but were unsuccessful.

From the US Senate’s website:

Less severe than expulsion, a censure (sometimes referred to as condemnation or denouncement) does not remove a senator from office. It is a formal statement of disapproval, however, that can have a powerful psychological effect on a member and his/her relationships in the Senate. In 1834, the Senate censured President Andrew Jackson – the first and only time the Senate censured a president. Since 1789 the Senate has censured nine of its members.

Among those censured by the Senate was Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who escaped expulsion and died in office.

  • Todd20036

    It’s a start. But only a start.

    • charemor

      True, but everyone who reads JMG should write to their Representative and ask them to join in this.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Good. Keep ratcheting up the pressure.

  • Lazycrockett

    Wont see the light of day.

    • jerry

      But they can get the repukes on records voting against it.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Well, it’s a start.

    • Gustav2

      Baby steps, don’t want to upset the country or anything.

      • Don’t want to upset the heavily armed idiots flying the flags of treason.

  • perversatile
  • Todd20036

    Even if this fails, the GOP will have to go on record as supporting a Nazi president.
    THAT’S the real value in this.

    • Lantor

      Trump has really stuck to the GOP this time. However, 18 months is a looooong time.

      • Todd20036

        Yeah, there is that. But lets face it. Trump is absolutely incapable of laying low for any length of time.

      • clay

        15 months. The new! improved! longer! campaign season begins in two weeks. They already don’t have health care. It’s highly likely they won’t have tax cuts, at least not corporate ones. It’s possible they’ll have a government shut down. There’s unlikely to be any significant achievement on tax reform. Even without Trump’s racism and belligerence, his incompetence is already hurting their re-election chances.

        • MT YVR

          “Elect the man who won’t take your guns away. (who won’t stop anyone who tries, mind you) Who won’t directly give your jobs to other people. (but who might, by accident, end up moving them elsewhere and who won’t, of course, help out if he does) Who won’t demean you for White Pride. (won’t cheer you, won’t deride you, probably won’t mention it at all unless forced… for five minutes) Who won’t, in fact, do anything one way or the other. Vote the inertia you know, Vote Trump!”

        • jerry

          Yeah, I expect a lot of the House crazies to revolt over a clean debt ceiling increase, but they won’t be able to pass a larded up bill without Democratic votes…so I’m expecting a shutdown because the republicans can’t govern.

        • FAEN

          But will it be enough to turn the tide. The map is not in our favor.

    • stanhope

      Trump is what the impotent democrats have needed since they can’t seem to help themselves. Nancy Pelosi, time to hand over the baton…youth will not have your weak approach.

    • Sporkfighter

      They’ll stick their fingers in their ears and ignore it. It will never be voted down because it will never come up for a vote. It won’t make an agenda, it won’t get assigned to a committee.

  • bkmn
  • bkmn

    I never want to hear any Republican ever again talking about how much they love the country.

  • Tawreos

    If some GOp sign on it might have a chance, but they don’t want to anger their base of support anymore than the president does, so this will go nowhere.

    • Adam King

      They’re all a pack of cowardly, racist Nazi-lovers.

  • Princess Lardass

    Imagine the “tweet cyclone” that would follow if this passed. Far bigger than any “storm.”

  • AtticusP
    • Mickey Bitsko

      That’s good!

      • Todd20036

        Like the imagery, but to be more accurate, the hands need to be smaller, and the gas can needs to be orange.

        And it should read Trump 2020

    • Ross

      I hugely admire political cartoonists.

      They can say so much in a single image.

      Wow. Perfect. Brilliant.

    • JCF

      The truly “SAD!” thing: this (oh-so-accurate) cartoon is dated from BEFORE the 2016 Election.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Gustav2
    • Joe in PA

      Bwahahahaha.

  • Ninja0980

    It’s a start.

  • Do Something Nice

    FINALLY!

    • stevenj

      With a Republican majority in the House and Senate I will be shocked (in a good way) if they let this happen. But I wouldn’t hold my breath. Too many House crazies.

      • Do Something Nice

        And if the Republcans don’t let it happen, the Democrats will have been handed a golden gift.

  • Reality.Bites

    Boast: You’ll be able to say Merry Christmas again.

    Reality: Walmart would refuse to hire him as a greeter.

    • Gustav2

      LOL especially the one closest to us. Jews, Witnesses, Muslims, Atheists…

      • Reality.Bites

        For all their many faults as an employer and business operator, Walmart, like just about any company operating in many states or internationally, knows you can’t tolerate open blatant hate if you want to succeed.

    • Tomcat

      He would keep calling everyone that walked in door a loser.
      Where I live the greeter don’t even acknowledge you exist half the time.
      But let one of their friends come in and they will block the aisle talking for ten minutes.

  • safari

    Like many in the GOP think he did anything wrong.

  • William

    Go ahead and start the 25th Amendment process.

    • -M-

      I think starting that is up to Pence and a majority of the Cabinet. 🙁

      • William

        Buzzkill.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • OdieDenCO

    ITMFA!

  • Cuberly
  • JWC

    Baliff Whack his pee pee

  • BobSF_94117

    More pointless pandering. sigh

  • JT
  • Gigi
    • Tomcat

      Congratulations to Marlee Matlin.

      • edrex

        mazel tov!

    • SFBruce

      Wow. It’s shameful that this is how Ivanka, a convert to Judaism, breaks her silence.

      • BlindBill

        she is as Jewish as her father is Christian

    • William

      I bet Marlee feels just a little bit lighter.

    • GayOldLady

      It won’t be long until the only people the Trump kids are following is Trump, the Klan and the Nazis.

  • MikeBx2

    Moral clarity indeed. He’s already voiced his true feelings.
    https://twitter.com/Bencjacobs/status/897914002457509888

    • Gustav2

      “Thankfully, in modern America, the KKK and Nazis are a small fringe groups that have never been welcome in the GOP.”

      Have they met other members of the Party?

    • The_Wretched

      I thought Trump was clear and if they want to be “Jews for Hilter” that’s on them.

    • Cattleya1

      Exactly how much clearer can he be? He thinks Nazis, White Nationalists, and the Klan are good people. He just said so.

  • Tomcat

    Republicans WILL NEVER let it pass.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Gustav2

      This month by month stuff Rubio started makes the insurance companies nervous.

      • clay

        Which means the number of insurance companies pulling out of exchanges will continue– not raising rates (and fed subsidies to individuals), but decreasing number of covered persons with no federal savings. Expect the uninsured numbers to start rising by millions/year.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Never thought I’d ever say this, but for the first time since the Watergate era I’m looking forward to a book by Bob Woodward.

  • BobSF_94117

    As long as we’re signing on to hopeless causes, how about a petition to at least take away his phone on this coming Monday, so he doesn’t ruin the eclipse?

    • Treant

      “Sun gone. Dragon ate it. Must create light to bring sun back. Launching nuclear missiles. Best bonfire ever. Win!”

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Old sun is a disaster. Sad! We need a new sun run on clean coal!

      • BobSF_94117

        Liberal dragon…

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      “And I took away the sun! Why? Because I’m better than Obama. And I’m an asshole. So I can.”

  • Lazycrockett
    • KnownDonorDad

      They only care about statues now that the Confederate ones are coming down.

    • Gustav2

      7 peeps! It is a real movement!

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Wait, Lenin fought in a war in which in he killed his fellow Americans because of a desire for slavery? I didn’t realize he was made an American!

      Me, well, not to be icy, but i would have gone with Trotsky for a statue. Just my thoughts as I’m not trying to pick a fight, especially in that I have a splitting head ache.

      • Lazycrockett

        I’m surprised they knew of Lenin. Trotsky cmon.

        • Octavio

          There’s a nice statue of Trotsky in the Coyoacán/Condessa neighborhood of Mexico City.

          http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museo-casa-de-leon-trotsky

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Stalin had him killed there, yes?

          • Octavio

            Well, he was killed there. You can stand where he met his maker. Then go to Freida Kahlo’s blue house/museum and see paintings of squirrel monkeys invading her open chest.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Reminding me though Kahlo: Often forgotten is the wonderful Rivera murals in Detroit. Yes, it’s about the wonder of industry but Rivera’s anti-capitalist and anti-military leanings are clearly on display, as is the hope of a truly socialist tomorrow.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Noting sad statues:

            This one of Lorca always got me.

            http://theseventhwave.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/12067683076_a38259c336_c.jpg

    • justme

      Lenin was American….
      Which history book have you been reading??

    • ByronK

      Well, that’s just pathetic. Right up there with “The Batley Townswomens’ Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbour”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce2jEDfPwG8

      • William

        The Batley Townswomen put in a real effort.

        • ByronK

          Down and dirty one might say.

    • Steverino

      Bannon will not be amused. He is an admirer of Lenin.

    • boobert

      Just chop it’s head off and paint bird poop on it like they did in Vegas ! lol

    • Daveed_WOW

      I’m OK with that. However, this is just deflection from the ongoing Nazism. Yawn.

    • theonlyseven

      Hitler = Lenin? That must explain why he invaded Russia and wanted to exterminate Marxism.

    • William

      Where is this?

      • Tomcat

        One is in Seattle in housing community???, one at Berkley???
        Who knows why people do the things they do?

    • William

      Another Slav unclear on the issue.

    • jimbo65

      These idiots. Now they’re clinging on to this bullshit “alt-left” narrative. “Them alt leftists are commies and socialists.” I mean really, I never thought that I’d ever see the day when being considered an ANTI FASCIST was bad.

    • Pip

      Meh, big deal. They can take those two statues down in my opinion. As soon as they take all of the statues and memorials for the Confederacy sprinkled across the US down. I see that as a fair trade.

    • Hue-Man

      Don’t tell Trump – they’re attacking his Russian buddies (AKA financiers, blackmailers).

  • PickyPecker
  • PickyPecker
  • boobert

    Oh well , give it a shot !

  • MikeBx2

    O/T. You mean it’s not a sign that white Jesus is trying to tell us something?
    https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/897917886156517376

    • Jonathan Smith
    • justme

      only his delusional fake followers are trying to tell us another fakey…

    • Tatonka

      I swear. Tyson is a professional buzzkill.

      • MikeBx2

        Science and reality can be like that. lol

      • The_Wretched

        Reality sucks.

    • Treant

      And if you just specify “solar eclipse,” there are two per year, minimum, three maximum.

      We’ve also charted every eclipse, solar and lunar, out for millions of years. Now if there’s a surprise total eclipse of the Sun, call me… I want an Audrey II and I’m good with plants.

      https://youtu.be/E0MklanXNTY

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        “She said, Son, be a dentist!”

        (Always found the scene with Bill Murray kind of hot.)

    • Tomcat

      But to go directly over my house is a rare occurrence, unlike the clouds and rain predicted for Monday as usual.

  • Octavio

    Joseph McCarthy was a coward for dying before he could be censured.

    So, how does this bid work? Does the Dem with the highest cash offer win the bid? Is the winner obligated to clean all the trash he/she can’t sell from Trump’s office. What happens if they forget to pay the lady?

    • JWC

      re my comment Baliff whack his pee pee Thats about all it will amont to

      • djcoastermark

        Loved that one when I was a kid. We just snickered away, thinking we just found the dirtiest little ditty.

        • JWC

          Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong

  • David Walker

    Because a heterosexual blow job is so much worse than denouncing domestic terrorism.

    Also, today’s Keith, in which he notes that a hockey team and a yard products company are absolutely more concerned about being in any way connected to domestic terrorists than 45. Resist. Remove. Peace.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF0-Fx96e24

    • Ross

      Thanks again, David.

      Me loves me Keith.

    • Cattleya1

      Great! I’ll bet 45 picked up a dacha on the Black Sea, as a potential bolt hole.. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to see him impounded there.

  • anne marie in philly

    DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

  • Clive Johnson
  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    What do you call a Nazi with a permit?

    A Nazi.

    –Attributed to someone else fighting the good fight.

  • this is ~120 comments down, so i know i’m not the first person to say this. but is anyone else noticing the years when such took place? as in, right before the Civil War?

    this is not good, Folks. i really didn’t want to believe we are at this precipice. but it seems we are. 1860. 1842. 1834. i totally suck at American History, and that’s sort of ironically on purpose, given that i’m a classically trained historian of other places and times. but there is a pattern here, and like a lot of young empires, transitioning out of the republican/democratic phase into empire/totalitarianism, it seems we’re getting closer and closer to that. the question remains: is our next Leader a Hitler, a Caesar, or a Ghengis Khan? the traitor is on his deathbed, for all he and his complicit media are denying that. but when he is gone, which will be soon, who will replace him, and how?

    yes, i’m very Afraid.

    • Natty Enquirer

      You should have majored in Drama. 😉
      Last I checked, the Constitution is still in place and the majority of good people of this country are ready to defend it.

      • really? and so where are you signed up? i am signed up for some defense, but you probably wouldn’t recognize it as such. i am a veteran, also. where did you serve, and what weapons are you cleared on?

        defense means something. learn about it. no, the left is not ‘ready.’ not at all.

    • religion is insane

      History is repeating itself. We can delay the repetition but not prevent the inevitability.

  • Tomcat
    • The_Wretched

      We used to have a national security interest in keeping that oil for us in the US. still do I figure but Donny’s grift knows no bounds.

  • MassageBear

  • Tomcat

    It is time to end the civil war before it flares up real bad again.

  • Phil Touchette

    Censure means nothing. It won’t change course. It will only make Trump worse.

  • Pip

    Big fucking deal. So he’s censured. This man has no shame and all this is is a shame on you type of movement. Given all of the deplorable things #45 has done lately do they really, honestly think this will do a fucking thing to him or his supporters???

    Get real.

  • MBear

    LOL

    Why dontcha just whisper, “hey…stop that”

    Thatd seem more effective

  • stanhope

    This must move forward! One more brick on the road to removal from office.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT: Slate has jury selection transcripts from the Shkreli trial

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/08/16/jurors_said_they_couldn_t_fairly_judge_martin_shkreli_in_court_because_he.html

    Sample:

    “The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to,” one juror declared. Said another: “I don’t like this person at all. I just can’t understand why he would be so stupid as to take an antibiotic which H.I.V. people need and jack it up five thousand percent. I would honestly, like, seriously like to go over there—”

    “The question is, have you heard anything that would affect your ability to decide this case with an open mind. Can you do that?” the judge asked the prospective juror. “I don’t think I can,” the juror replied, “because he kind of looks like a dick.”

    • Ginger Snap

      I just went through jury selection for a murder case a few months back and it was brutal I left the court room crying but was not selected.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Our Bigot in Chief can be really dumb.

  • JCF

    The only purpose I can see for this: to get Rethugs on the record of what they WON’T vote for!

    2018 Campaign Ad:

    “I’m [Joe/Jane Democrat] and I approved this message. My [Rethug opponent, name here] won’t even vote to CENSURE Trump’s racist remarks!”

    https://media.giphy.com/media/8fen5LSZcHQ5O/giphy.gif

  • andrew

    It is a shameful blot on our nation’s history that Andrew Jackson wasn’t at least censured for his responsibility for the deaths and sufferings of tens of thousands of native Americans. Frequently when I use a $20 bill, I think of the pain and suffering that this man caused.

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  • geoffalnutt

    Gad! That is SO cute!!! Our enemies both internally and externally won’t even notice that as a blip on the screen – though it WILL point out that the GOP is actually America’s enemy. That’s something, I guess.