U.S. Rep. Al Green, who made an appeal on the floor of the House for President Donald Trump’s impeachment last week, has experienced the unthinkable.
The Texas representative has been receiving threatening voicemails that have included racial slurs and even lynching threats in response to his calls for impeachment.
At a town hall in Houston on Saturday, Green played recordings of the voicemails to over one hundred attendees.
The voicemails ranged from racially charged and graphic to downright disturbing. According to the Houston Chronicle, one caller said, “Hey Al Green, we’ve got an impeachment for you. It’s going to be yours. It’s actually going to give you a short trial before we hang your ni--er ass.”
Another caller said, “You ain't going to impeach nobody, you f--kin’ ni--er. Try it and we’ll lynch all you f--kin’ ni--ers. You'll be hanging from a tree. I didn’t see anybody calling for the impeachment of your ni--er Obama when he was born in Kenya. He’s not even American so f--k you ni--er.”
On the House floor on Wednesday, Green was the first member of Congress to ask for Trump’s impeachment. Green said, “The president fired the FBI director who was investigating him and said he did it because of the investigation. That's pretty serious. That's obstruction of justice. We believe no person is above the law, not even the president of the United States of America."
However, Green isn’t the first member of Congress to suggest that Trump could or should be impeached.
When asked about the threats, Green, who’s serving his seventh term representing Texas’ 9th congressional district, said, “We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump."
Green also explained the importance of exposing evil: “You cannot allow hate to be hidden. You have to expose hate. Hate is a means by which people can be harmed. It's an evil. The best way to deal with evil is to expose."