Lowcountry reacts to Rep. Gilliard's call for President Trump to be impeached

Wendell Gilliard photo - WCIV; Donald Trump photo - DoD

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard (D-Charleston) made waves Thursday, calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a letter to Congress.

"When you look at the list of things, since Donald Trump took office, enough is enough," Gilliard said in an interview later with ABC News 4.

Gilliard said he has support locally from both Republicans and Democrats, and hopes that Congress will invoke Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.

"This is now about we the people," Gilliard says.

Voters in the Lowcountry have mixed opinions of Gilliard's call for impeachment.

Rosemary Bontempi said she voted for the president and still stands by him today.

"I do believe that I like the way that he is," Bontempi said. "I think he's very bold. He's for change and I think we were ready for a change."

Others like Shaun Fisher are happy Gilliard wrote the letter.

"I would say it's about time, I'm surprised he even got into office," said Fisher.

Joey Knitchell agrees.

"After seeing how he conducts himself, I don't consider him to be mentally fit to hold office," Knitchell said.

Annette Kinlock said she wants more compassion to come from the oval office.

"He certainly doesn't have the sensitivity when speaking to families about their loved ones that have passed away," Kinlock said.

Gilliard wrote his letter after alleged comments surfaced of President Trump's conversation with a grieving widow from Florida. Her husband was killed in Niger along with three other soldiers. President Trump has denied the comments.

Racial tensions were another focal point in Gilliard's letter, with the lawmaker saying divisions along racial lines are worse than ever before.

"(Trump is) fanning the flames of hate and prejudice and racism all around the country," Gilliard says.

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