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Democrat Rep. Schrader Apologizes for Comparing Trump's Possible Impeachment to 'Lynching'

© AFP 2023 / Sarah Silbiger POOLRepresentative Kurt Schrader, a Democrat from Oregon, questions witnesses during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2020 in Washington, DC
Representative Kurt Schrader, a Democrat from Oregon, questions witnesses during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2020 in Washington, DC - Sputnik International
Following the violent turn of events in Washington, DC, with the siege of the US Capitol amidst the electoral vote certification, House Democrats are barrelling toward President Trump's impeachment for his alleged endorsement of the violence and purported misinformation that led his supporters to storm the heart of US lawmaking.

House of Representatives member Kurt Schrader of Oregon issued an apology via Twitter for his recent remarks, in which he called the House's attempts to initiate a second impeachment of President Trump a "lynching", Politico reported.

According to the report, during a private caucus call on Friday devoted mainly to the events of Wednesday and the role of Trump, Schrader told his fellow party members that impeachment could backfire all over the country, specifically dubbing the impeachment effort an "old-fashioned lynching" that would tear the nation apart just as Trump is about to leave office.

"I don’t want to breathe life into the corpse of this president, I don’t want him to become a martyr," he added.

The lynching comment drew quick criticism of Schrader, so the politician issued a statement acknowledging that the "language" he used during the Caucus conference call was wrong, and asked for an apology.

Nevertheless, his long time political consultancy agency, Winning Mark, hastened to sever all ties with the representative.

Schrader was also condemned by his fellow Oregon representative, Suzanne Bonamici, who distanced herself from her incautious colleague.

"Our nation has an unforgivable history of murdering Black men and women," Bonamici told Oregon Public Broadcasting. "Comparing a lynching to holding the president accountable is hurtful and insensitive, and ignores the overt White supremacy on display during the insurrection Wednesday."

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks as Trump supporters gather by the White House ahead of his speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. - Sputnik International
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Reportedly, there is a broad consensus in the House about the invocation of impeachment, and the Democrats are expected to introduce articles accusing Trump of "incitement of insurrection" on Monday's pro forma session, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it very clear that the lower chamber must act against Trump no matter what. 

The calls to impeach the sitting president, backed by most of the Democrats and some of the Republicans, have risen since the violence broke out during the riots in the US capital, when thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, causing heavy property damage, and forcing the Congress to go under lockdown and the evacuation of the lawmakers.

As a consequence, more than 6,000 U.S. National Guard soldiers have also been deployed to the Washington, DC, region to maintain order during the inauguration on January 20.

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