San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro said President Donald Trump is “the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office” during an impassioned speech on the floor of Congress during the impeachment debate on Wednesday.
The Democratic Rep., who was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi as one of nine impeachment manager on Tuesday night, told his colleagues that the Constitution required them to impeach Trump, who told his supporters to “fight like hell” in a speech shortly before they stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. That speech, given by the president two miles away from the U.S. Capitol, is the focus of the article of impeachment expected to be voted on Wednesday.
“Let me ask you a question,” Castro said. “What do you think they would have done if they had gotten in? What do you think they would have done to you and who do you think sent them here? The most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office.”
“If inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached then what is,” Castro continued.
Five people died as a result of the insurrection last week, including one police officer.
Trump is all but certain to be impeached by the House a second time by the end of the afternoon, which has never before happened in American history.
Unlike his first impeachment in 2019, some Republicans will be breaking rank with their party to vote to impeach him.
Trump faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
To be removed from office or barred from ever holding federal elected office again, Trump must be convicted on the impeachment charge in the Senate. However, it appears unlikely that the Senate would hold a trial before next Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.