Despite a vote of defeat, Democratic Congressman Al Green of Texas says President Donald Trump's impeachment process is just getting started.
On Dec. 6, Green unsuccessfully forced a vote on impeachment in the House of Representatives, losing with a tally of 364 votes to 58, Newsweek reports.
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is still ongoing, Green could not attempt to impeach Donald Trump on obstruction of justice allegations.
Instead, Green accused the president of discrimination and creating a culture of division. He recalled how Donald Trump, for example, failed to quickly condemn white nationalist marchers in Charlottesville, The Washington Post reports.
"Hatred disguised as acceptable political correctness has festered in our body politic and polluted our discourse to our detriment," Green wrote. "It divides and damages the social fabric of our country in ways that obstruction of justice cannot. It causes unparalleled destruction to our society in the long- and short-term that will not easily heal."
Not only was the vote unpopular among Republicans, leading Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland also did not support the move.
The two argued the country must not act until and if Mueller's Russia investigation proves a crime was committed.
"Legitimate questions have been raised about [Donald Trump's] fitness to lead this nation," Pelosi and Hoyer agreed in a joint statement. "Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment."
Nevertheless, Green remains hopeful this is just the beginning of the end for Donald Trump, calling the 58 votes "pleasantly pleasing."
"I’m convinced it won’t be a non-event," he said, adding that he did not canvass votes beforehand. "There are some people who would like it to be just a footnote in history. I think that this will be a significant historical event. And the people who took that vote to decide to take the road less traveled are going to become a piece of history that scholars will review."
Green continues, claiming he is already drafting up new articles for impeachment.
"I think this is a process and this is another step in this process," the politician said. "I’ve started on additional articles of impeachment and I’m not going to give up, I won’t give in. There is no rush to be first but there is belief that we have to act, that it’s important for us to show the world that we have little tolerance for the kind of bigotry that emanates from the presidency."