MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama’s congressional delegation is reacting to Wednesday’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time, and just days before he is set to leave office.
A total of 10 Republicans joined 222 Democrats to vote for the president’s impeachment Wednesday on the grounds of “Incitement of Insurrection” following last week’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol.
Alabama’s six GOP representatives each voted against the measure while its sole Democratic delegate voted for it.
Rep. Barry Moore (R-Dist. 2)
“Impeachment was once the most meaningful and solemn action Congress could take against a sitting President, having only been used twice in the history of the United States prior to President Trump. Clearly, our predecessors understood the true gravity of impeachment.”
“Unfortunately, over the last four years, Democrats have set a dangerous precedent by using impeachment proceedings purely for political gain. Their latest attempt to remove President Trump - just days before he has pledged to leave office - is as divisive as it is unproductive. Democrats in Congress have now flippantly used this tool twice against the same President and have set an alarmingly low bar by refusing to investigate these allegations or even hold a hearing. In their rush to impeach, Democrats have cheapened the process and proved that their calls for unity and healing are disingenuous.”
Mike Rogers (R-Dist. 3)
“The partisan political divide in our nation can only begin to be addressed by instilling confidence in our elections. Our nation would be better served if [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] would work with Republicans to bring trust and confidence in our elections rather than to further divide our nation.
“Today I voted against the impeachment of President Trump. This action by Speaker Pelosi will only further divide our nation. Just like yesterday when she proceeded with a vote on a resolution concerning the 25th Amendment even after Vice President Pence rejected it.”
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Dist. 7)
“The President of the United States incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, and it is critical that he is held accountable for his seditious actions. The Trump-incited mob sought to upend the most critical act in our democracy – the peaceful transition of power. The ensuing violence resulted in the deaths of five Americans, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and an attempted assassination of the Vice President and Speaker of the House. As long as President Trump remains in office, he will be a threat to our democracy and our Constitution.
“Our nation needs healing, and healing requires accountability. I hope my Senate colleagues will put politics aside, consider the gravity of the President’s threat to our democracy, and vote to remove him from office.”
ALGOP Chairman Terry Lathan
“With a week to go until the Inauguration of a new American president, the wrath of the Democrat Party against President Donald Trump continues. Joe Biden’s inaugural theme is ‘America United’. However, the impeachment vote is the opposite of bringing people together. Joe Biden’s theme of unity doesn’t remotely match their actions. Instead of concentrating on a new chapter of our nation’s future, they are determined to continue their angry vendetta against President Trump. History will show their motives to be petty and destructive to our country.
“We are grateful to the Alabama members of the U.S. House of Representatives that clearly recognize these divisive, retaliatory actions and voted to stop this continued dissension: Congressman Jerry Carl, Congressman Barry Moore, Congressman Mike Rogers, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Congressman Mo Brooks and Congressman Gary Palmer.
“Let us remain resolute in our support of conservative issues for our nation and having our voices heard; however, we must not continue to divide America the Beautiful. Instead, let us remain united in our desire to make America greater.”
This is a developing story. More reactions will be added as they become available.