Charleston lawmaker asking Congress to take action against President Trump
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Rep. Wendell Gillard, D- S.C., compares Washington to a reality show, and he says it has to be put to an end. This week, the lawmaker took a step in the direction where he argues change is needed.
In a statement sent to ABC News 4 Thursday, Rep. Gilliard said he has asked Congress to write a resolution that could help remove President Donald Trump from office. Rep. Gilliard describes recent statements, decisions and tweets from Trump as "atrocities."
Among concerns is the highly-publicized criticism of the president's handling of a call to the widow of a fallen soldier. The widow says President Trump told her that her husband "knew what he signed up for..." President Trump has denied using those words and says he has proof.
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D- Fla., says she was in the room at the time of the call and has said publicly shared what she witnessed.
"This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant," Wilson said in an interview with CNN. "This is a young woman. She's only 24-years-old. When she actually hung up the phone, and she looked at me and said he didn't even know his name. Now, that's the worst part."
In a press conference Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee said President Trump was "completely respectful."
"The president's call, as accounted by multiple people in the room, believe the president was completely respectful, very sympathetic and expressed the condolences of himself and the rest of the country and thanked the families for their service, commended them for having an American hero in the family and I don't know how you could take that any other way," Huckabee said.
But Rep. Gilliard says after speaking with fellow lawmakers and voters on both sides of the aisle, he came to a conclusion that someone in South Carolina had to speak up for the people. He has now challenged Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to publicly address concerns with President Trump. He said there needs to be "common dignity and common sense." He argues more lawmakers need to voice how they really feel about the state of the country and its leadership.
“We have to do something with this president," Rep Gilliard said. "…They (legislative peers) concur with that.”
Rep. Gilliard describes America and the rest of the world as "on pins and needles."
“Where is our senior congressman Clyburn?" he challenges. "We don’t want to hear from people from other states. Where is Tim Scott?"
ABC News 4 has reached out to the offices of Congressman James Clyburn and Sen. Tim Scott for response. This article will be updated if a response is provided.
Below is the entire statement sent to ABC News 4 from the office of Rep. Wendell Gilliard:
"I have instructed the legislative council to write a resolution asking the United States Congress to invoke Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution. This is the language in the Constitution that would help remove the POTUS from office. Also, I believe that our government in Washington cannot function properly by the people or for the people, since President Donald Trumps has been sworn in to this position. We have witnessed a total disrespect for women, people of color, the First Amendment, victims of storms and even most recently the four brave Green Berets who died fighting for our freedom! These atrocities are highlighted by his lack of diplomacy that may possibly have our country guided toward a reckless and unjust war."