On Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives voted in favor of sending Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate.
President Trump faces two charges, that of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate may begin their trial as early as January.
This makes Trump the third president in United States history to be impeached, the first being Andrew Johnson in 1868 and then Bill Clinton in 1998.
Here are some notable reactions to the historic vote and other events connected to the political debate over whether Trump should remain in office.
Texas megachurch pastor and longtime Trump supporter Robert Jeffress took to his Twitter account to argue that the House impeachment vote was a “farce” and will create a backlash in favor of Trump’s next presidential election.
“There are millions of Christians who REALLY mean it when they say they are praying for President @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted Jeffress, getting as of Thursday morning around 1,200 retweets and 3,800 likes.
“Today’s impeachment vote will ensure these same Christians turn out in record numbers to re-elect him in 2020!”
Progressive pastor the Rev. William Barber II, president of the group Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, celebrated the House vote on impeachment.
In a post to Twitter that has gotten as of Thursday morning around 5,000 retweets and more than 17,500 likes, Barber compared the vote result to the official abolition of slavery, which took place on Dec. 18, 1865.
“Today in 1865, slavery was abolished. Tonight in 2019, a president who has supported white nationalism, abused his power & tried to hold the country enslaved to his recklessness & obstruction was impeached,” he tweeted.
While speaking at a campaign event in Battle Creek, Michigan on the night that the House voted to impeach him, Trump implied that the late husband of Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell was in Hell.
During his campaign speech, Trump recalled how he had American flags lowered at half-staff in memory of Dingell’s husband, former Congressman John Dingell.
“She calls me up. ‘That’s the nicest thing that ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled,’” said Trump at the rally. “Maybe he’s looking up. I don’t know. … But let’s assume he’s looking down.”
The statement brought outrage from many, among them Congresswoman Dingell, who took to Twitter to respond to the remark.
“Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. I’m preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love,” she tweeted, getting as of Thursday morning over 44,300 retweets and more than 194,000 likes.
“You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.”
Rep. Fred Upton, a moderate Republican from Michigan, called on Trump to apologize for the remark.
“I’ve always looked up to John Dingell – my good friend and a great Michigan legend. There was no need to ‘dis’ him in a crass political way. Most unfortunate and an apology is due,” he tweeted.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski