At the NAACP’s annual convention in Detroit on Tuesday, the group’s delegates voted unanimously in favor of a motion calling on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.
The resolution is unlikely to lead to legislative action, as the House of Representatives recently voted to table a measure from U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) that would have begun impeachment proceedings.
But in a statement, the group’s president, Derrick Johnson, asserted that the president “needs to know he is not above the law… and he must be prosecuted,” and that the delegates “will make sure that the NAACP is at the forefront of pushing Congress to proceed with the impeachment process.”
Today, @NAACP voted to move forward with a resolution to initiate @realDonaldTrump’s impeachment at the 110th #NAACPConvention. Trump’s misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again, that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country. #WhenWeFightWeWin pic.twitter.com/LFg7Z8JDYO
— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) July 23, 2019
“The pattern of Trump’s conduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country,” Johnson said, adding that “the president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow Era.”
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) redoubled her early call for the president’s impeachment, saying she’s “not going nowhere. Not until I impeach this president.”
The renewed calls for Trump’s impeachment come after a controversy in which the president said in a tweet that the group of four congresswomen known as “the Squad,” which includes Tlaib, should “go back” to where they came from, despite the fact that all but one are native-born Americans.
Last week at a Trump re-election rally in Greenville, North Carolina, the president’s supporters chanted “send her back” in regard to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is a naturalized citizen from Somalia.
In a statement responding to the impeachment vote, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham cited Trump’s support for criminal justice reform and “opportunity zones” in urban areas, and said, “It’s a bit confusing and unfortunate that the NAACP would now push a political agenda instead of celebrating these historic achievements.”