Black Voters Challenge House Members: Why Is Trump Still in Office?

Spread the love

The Congressional Black Caucus has taken no official position on impeachment; its chairwoman, Representative Karen Bass, Democrat of California, said she was organizing a formal “educational session” for its members once they returned from Memorial Day recess next week. On Friday evening, 10 members of the caucus will convene a town hall-style meeting in Brooklyn, where Ms. Bass said impeachment was sure to come up.

Last week, another caucus member, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, introduced a resolution that would authorize the House Judiciary Committee to “investigate whether sufficient grounds exist” to open an impeachment inquiry. That is one step short of an outright call for impeachment. But last year, Ms. Jackson Lee voted in favor of an impeachment resolution introduced by another black lawmaker, Representative Al Green of Texas, and she said her view had not changed.

Mr. Evans, 65, who served in the state legislature for 36 years before being elected to Congress in 2016, also voted for the Green resolution; he believes Mr. Trump abused his power when he fired both Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general, and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, early in his term.

If black voters are passionate about getting rid of Mr. Trump, liberal whites “are even more rabid,” he said. That was evident in another corner of his district, the gentrifying bohemian neighborhood of Cedar Park, where Sandy DeVito, 31, a fiction writer and barista, was shopping Wednesday for a lemon-ginger echinacea drink at a food co-op.

“The media made such a big deal of it, and Washington made such a big deal of it,” she said of the Mueller report. “And then nothing happened.”

Mr. Evans said the report, which detailed at least 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president, “only confirmed what I already knew.” In the weeks since its release, as Mr. Trump has instructed government officials to refuse Congress’s requests for witnesses and documents, Mr. Evans’s outrage has only grown. And as a black man, he takes particular umbrage at what he regards as the hypocrisy of the criminal justice system as it relates to the president.

“If anybody in this district were to see a subpoena and act they way he acts,” Mr. Evans said, “they’d be in jail.”

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply