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13 Jan, 42 tweets, 13 min read
Pelosi: "The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."
Pelosi: "They were domestic terrorists and justice must prevail. But they did not appear out of a vacuum. They were sent here, sent here by the president, with words such as a cry to 'fight like hell.' Words matter. Truth matters. Accountability matters."
who wants to tell him?
"They want to cancel the president" -- Jim Jordan
Rep. McClintock (R) is out here arguing that Trump's speech encouraging a riot was "freedom of speech"
McClintock: But antifa!
Rep. Lofgren: "I'm the only member of Congress who has been involved in all 3 of the last presidential impeachments. Those were long proceedings. Today we don't need a long investigation to know the president incited right-wing terrorists to attack the Congress."
Louie Gohmert is *so close* to figuring it out
Darrell Issa lies, says the Capitol riot is the fault of "anarchists"
Rep. Richmond's last floor speech: "In the first impeachment, Republicans said, 'we don't need to impeach him because he learned his lesson.' We said if we didn't remove him, he would do it again. Simply put, we told you so. Richmond out."
who wants to tell her?
"Donald Trump is a living, breathing impeachable offense" -- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Rep. Aguilar: "He needed to say only 2 words to end the violence: 'I concede.' Because that's what leaders do in a democracy."
Rep. Cicilline highlights how baseless the "stolen election" theories are by noting that Trump's own government officials described the 2020 presidential election as the most secure in history
Rep. Van Drew is wearing the most interesting suit of the day
Jim Jordan keeps reserving his time, which indicates that Republicans don't have that many speakers who are willing to defend Trump
Rep. Clyburn: "The survival of our democracy depends on defeated candidates accepting their defeats, as has been the case in every presidential election since 1864."
Rep. Ken Buck (R): What about Robert De Niro and Madonna and Sarah Sanders getting kicked out of a restaurant?
Rep. Raskin: "It is a bit much to be hearing that these people would not be trying to destroy our government and kill us if we just weren't so mean to them."
"So many people love him so much" -- Matt Gaetz is out here slathering praise on Trump
Matt Gartz is having a meltdown and yelling on the House floor
Rep. Swalwell: "I've read many of my GOP colleagues know what the president did was wrong, but are afraid for their lives if they cross the president. I'm sorry you're living in fear, but now is the time to summon your courage."
Matt Gaetz is having a meltdown and yelling on the House floor
Kevin McCarthy .... [squints at notes] ..... welcome to the resistance?
"I believe impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake ... a vote to impeach would further divide this nation ... that doesn't mean the president is free from fault. The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress" -- McCarthy
McCarthy, who has backed Trump at every turn, now says "let's be clear -- Joe Biden will be sworn in as president in one week because he was the election."
"I call bull crap" -- Rep. Boebert
Rep. Maxine Waters: "I rise in support of impeaching again the worst president in the history of the United States ... he is capable of starting a civil war."
Republican Rep. Newhouse announces he will vote yes on impeachment
Rep. Herrera Beutler: "My vote to impeach our sitting president is not a fear-based decision. I am not choosing a side. I am choosing truth."
Rep. Cori Bush: "If we fail to remove a white supremacist president, who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it's communities like Missouri's 1st District that suffer the most." (Republicans boo)
I completely forgot that the doctor who said Trump could live to 200 if he just cut out the cheeseburgers is in Congress
Rep. Cohen is shouted down as he raises security concerns about the inauguration
Rep. Jason Crow: "Last week I stood in that gallery to defend this chamber against the violent mob called here by Donald Trump. I have dedicated my life to the defense of our nation and Donald Trump is a risk to all that I love."
Rep. Escobar says Trump must be impeached and "never be allowed to hold office again."
Rep. Espaillat: "He is unfit to hold office! We must impeach now!"
Speaking from the House floor on national television, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-QAnon) is wearing a "CENSORED" mask
i have no idea why how this stunt was supposed to own the libs, but here you go
It's been impossible to miss today that Republicans have been far more likely to jeer Black women who speak than anyone else
Rep. Moulton: "There are more troops right now in Washington DC than in Afghanistan. And they are here to defend us against the commander in chief, the POTUS and his mob."
Steny Hoyer: "For four years, Donald Trump has made no effort to hide his ambitions or his lacking of Republican principles ... his desire for autocracy and his glorification of violence have not been tempered, but rationalized ... Trump has constructed a glass palace of lies."
Hoyer closes with this: "Vote for this. For America, for our constitution, for democracy, for history."

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