(Originally published April 25, 2020)
Rep. Chris Lee addressed the Articles of Impeachment on the floor of the House of Representatives, Dec. 20, 2019
"I discovered recently that's shocking, I know, but it turns out that some people don't like President Trump.
They think he's loud. they think he can be arrogant. They think sometimes he says bad words. and sometimes he's rude to people. to their sensitive natures - they have been offended.
I get that. I really do. But let's be clear, this vote, this day has nothing to do with Ukraine. It has nothing to do with abuse of power. It has nothing to do with obstruction of congress. This vote, this day is about one thing and one thing only. they hate this president. They hate those of us who voted for him. They think we are stupid; they think we made a mistake. They think Hillary Clinton should be the president and they want to fix that.
That's what this vote is about. They want to take away my vote and throw it in the trash. They want to take away my president and delegitimatize him so can he not be re-elected. That's what this is about.
For those who think this started with this investigation - what nonsense - is you have, you have been trying to impeach this president since before he was sworn into office.
Some of you introduced articles of impeachment before he was sworn into office. This isn't something you are approaching prayerfully and mournfully and sadly. oh, the chaos, the sadness. This is something you are gleeful about. you have been trying to do it for three years.
And it's very clear. You don't have to go back and Google very much to find out that is the absolute truth. I could give you pages of examples of things you have said for three years about this president.
That's what this is about. If you think, if this impeachment is successful, the next president, I promise you will be impeached. and the next president after that.
If you set this bar as being impeachable, every president in our future will be impeached. It erodes our republic in ways our founding fathers recognized. They got it right: high crimes and misdemeanors. other than that - I look forward to that day. Let the American people decide."
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