The House raced to impeach President Trump for a second time and thanks to some help from 10 Republicans, they were able to do it just one week before he would be leaving the White House anyway.
The reason this time was for “incitement of insurrection,” after a protest turned ugly on January 6 and resulted in a mob bursting their way inside the Capitol building.
The vote in the House this time was 232-197 in favor of impeachment. In a floor speech before the vote was taken, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said “the bottom line is this: This Capitol was stormed. People died because of the big lies that were being told by this president, and by too many people on the other side of the aisle. Enough. People should be outraged as to what happened. It was unforgivable, unconscionable.”
McGovern went even further, calling the mob that broke loose that resulted in the death of five people a coup attempt.
“The president of the United States instigated an attempted coup in this country,” McGovern continued. “People died. Everybody should be outraged. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. If this is not an impeachable offense. I don’t know what the hell is. This president is not fit to remain in office.”
All but ten Republicans voted against impeachment, since the President is leaving office regardless on January 20.
This is the 21st time the House has impeached a government official, and Trump is the first President to be impeached twice. The trial in the Senate can continue even after Trump leaves office, though as of now it is uncertain if that will happen.