Press Contact: Sarah Toce
Communications Vice Chair
2nd Vice Chair, King County Democrats
King County Democrats Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Impeachment
(Seattle, WA, January 13, 2021) – On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump with the charge of “incitement of insurrection.” The bipartisan House vote tallied 232 to 197 with 10 Republicans crossing the aisle. All Democrats in the King County delegation voted for Trump’s impeachment.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
“It’s fitting that perhaps the most corrupt president in U.S. history has broken another record today – becoming the first and only president to have been impeached twice,” said King County Chair Shasti Conrad. “The Trump-incited insurgency at the U.S. Capitol last week was dangerous beyond measure for not only Americans, but also our democracy. Trump’s four-year assault on our democracy is finally coming to a resolute end.”
In a sharp contrast, King County Republicans Chair Joshua Freed said his GOP counterparts were perpetuating “socialist violence” by aligning with Democrats to impeach Trump. Freed said the “Republican Party is lacking vision and leadership” and vowed to step into a more prominent leadership role.
“Joshua Freed’s racist rhetoric is not the type of leadership we need in Washington state,” said Conrad. “Further, let me be clear: There is absolutely no comparison to be drawn between the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer and the Trump administration’s incitement of violence putting the security of our country’s representatives in grave danger. Freed should be ashamed of his continuation of the hateful rhetoric his leader continues to spew. He’s no different than the leader he serves. We have called on him to disavow this violence and he continues to not do so.”
The House vote occurred exactly one week after a riotous mob rushed into the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., many with brandished weapons. The mostly unmasked insurgents looted congressional offices, posed for photos that were later used to help identify them, and were spurred on by Trump to incite violence and disarray.
Five people were killed during the lockdown at the Capitol and at least three members of Congress became infected with COVID-19 during the raid, including our very own Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
The King County Democrats work across Martin Luther King Jr. County to promote Democratic values, principles, and policy directions by electing Democrats to office and championing sound public policies.
King County contains nearly a third of all voters in the State of Washington. Seventeen different legislative districts represent at least some precincts within parts of the county, as well as four of the state’s ten congressional districts. King County is one of the state’s most Democratic counties; it consistently votes for Democratic candidates at all levels. Learn more at https://www.kcdems.org.