In the aftermath of the horrible shootings in both El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend — taking the lives of 29 people — Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe said that President Trump should face impeachment for allegedly supporting the kind of “terrorism” displayed this weekend.
While President Trump has been referred to as a racist on countless occasions while also being denounced as an appeaser of dictators, Tribe took it a step further by actually accusing the president of pushing terrorism, according to Fox News.
“How many more people have to DIE violent deaths at racist hands before impeaching the president for inciting white nationalist terrorism and violence is taken as seriously as impeaching him for obstructing justice? The real national emergency is Donald J. Trump’s terrorism,” Tribe tweeted on Sunday morning.
Later, Tribe told Fox News that “there is an alarming pattern of incitements that together warrant being taken seriously in conjunction with other, more specific, offenses.” He then clarified that President Trump “should be impeached,” not just for inciting racism, but for also “inciting white nationalist terrorism and violence,” which “[should be] taken as seriously as impeaching him for obstructing justice.”
“It’s the pattern of abuses of his office as president that is accumulating, in my view, to a strong basis for formal impeachment proceedings beyond what various House committees are already conducting by way of investigating possible Articles of Impeachment,” Tribe told Fox News.
According to CNN, the 21-year-old shooting suspect in El Paso indeed had white supremacist motivations for carrying out the mass slaughter and reportedly left behind an anti-Hispanic manifesto outlining his intent. 2020 presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke have capitalized on this revelation to accuse President Trump of inciting the kind of racism that led to the shooting.
“This is part of a climate,” Buttigieg said on Fox News, “where people who are in the grip of this hateful extremist ideology feel validated, and they feel validated from all the way at the top.”
“We have a problem with white nationalist terrorism in the United States of America today,” O’Rourke said on CNN, adding that “these are white men motivated by the kind of fear that this president traffics in.”
Naturally, other 2020 candidates have been calling for stricter gun control laws, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) even pushing the prospect of gun confiscation, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I’m actually prepared to take executive action to put in place rules that improve this situation,” she told the Examiner. “I also have as part of my background and experience working on this issue, when I was attorney general [of California], and we put resources into allowing law enforcement to actually knock on the doors of people who were on two lists — a list where they had been found by a court to be a danger to themselves and others.”
She continued, “They were on a list where they were precluded and prohibited from owning a gun because of a conviction that prohibited that ownership. Those lists were combined and then we sent law enforcement out to take those guns, because, listen, we have to deal with this on all levels, but we have to do this with a sense of urgency.”