Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas said he would invoke a "privileged" resolution to force a House vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Green, who has repeatedly called for Trump's removal from office, blasted the president's recent comments towards NFL athletes who protest against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
On Sept. 26, Green took to the podium in the House chamber to announce he plans to force a floor vote on whether Trump should be impeached, The Hill reports.
"I rise today as a proud American," Green said, sporting a tie emblazoned with the U.S. flag. "A person who believes in his country, who salutes the flag and says the Pledge of Allegiance and sings the national anthem. I will stand here in the well of Congress, and I will call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America."
Green asserted that Trump's rhetoric towards NFL players rose to "a level of indecency that is unbecoming of the presidency. I rise to say to the world that this is not what America is all about."
On Sept. 25, Trump stirred controversy when he called for NFL players who protest during the national anthem to be fired.
"Wouldn't you love to see one these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now,'" Trump said during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama. "He is fired."
The president later tweeted criticisms of NFL protests 21 different times in the span of three days. On Sept. 26, Trump asserted on Twitter that the NFL should impose a rule that prohibits football players from kneeling during the national anthem, Yahoo News reports.
"The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!" Trump tweeted.
Members of Congress can file a privileged resolution to force a procedural vote on whether a president undermined the integrity of the House. Green's potential resolution is not expected to produce a Trump impeachment in the GOP-majority House.
On May 17, Green called for Trump's impeachment after he fired former FBI Director James Comey. Green asserted that the president had committed obstruction of justice, according to The Texas Tribune.
"Our democracy is at risk ... This offense has occurred before our very eyes," Green said on the House floor. "The president is not above the law."
Green, who is African-American, was subsequently met with racially charged death threats from anonymous callers. During a town hall meeting in Houston, the Texas lawmaker played two voicemails from callers calling for him to be killed.
"We are going to continue with this because there has been an impeachable act and we have to act," Green said.