A group of House Democrats introduced a measure to censure President Donald Trump, following his comments describing Haiti and African nations as “sh**hole countries.” Among those seeking to censure the President is Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell.
Sewell joined nearly 150 of her Democratic colleagues in co-sponsoring the resolution.
“This censure resolution sends a clear message to President Trump that we reject and condemn his offensive remarks,” said Sewell. “The President’s comments about immigrants from Haiti and African countries were racist, disgraceful, and unfitting of the office of the President.”
Sewell continued, “Last year, our nation witnessed white supremacy marches, racial violence, and hatred that have had a painful and personal impact on millions of American families. If we let the President’s remarks go unanswered they have the power to incite more hateful behavior. We must reject racism clearly and strongly, and today’s censure sends a message that hate speech will not be tolerated.”
What is censure?
The process is, according to the U.S. Senate, a “formal statement of disapproval,” a formal reprimand if you will. Unlike impeachment, if passed, a censured president can remain in office.
“This censure resolution is important because America is a beacon of hope,” said Louisiana-Democrat U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and New York-Democrat U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the bills original sponsors, in a joint statement. “We have to show the world that this President does not represent the real feelings of most of the American people which is part of the reason why he lost the popular vote.”