Rep. Jason Crow, Colorado Democrat, said Wednesday that Republican members of Congress are scared they’ll be killed if they vote to impeach President Trump.
He said the GOP is “paralyzed with fear.”
“I had a lot of conversations with my Republican colleagues last night,” Mr. Crow said on MSNBC. “A couple of them broke down in tears talking to me and saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment.”
“My response was, you know not to be unsympathetic but welcome to the club,” he said. “That’s leadership. Our country is in a very challenging time.”
He also said there’s a “small handful” of “morally bankrupt” individuals who fully buy into conspiracy theories about the election “and are too far gone to be redeemed.”
The House is voting Wednesday to impeach Mr. Trump for inciting a violent mob that ransacked the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.
Videos have captured people getting in the faces of members at airports recently, including GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Rep. Lou Correa, California Democrat.
A deranged heckler interrupted Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer at a news conference in New York on Tuesday to say she was glad the U.S. Capitol was attacked last week.
“I’m glad what the Trump protesters did,” she said. “I didn’t think that the Trumpsters had it in [them].”
Daniel Goldman, a lawyer for House Democrats when they impeached Mr. Trump the first time, said Wednesday that members should step aside if they fear the president to the point where they can’t do their jobs.
“I prosecuted the mafia and never wavered from my oath to pursue justice, without fear or favor, no matter what risk that brought to me,” Mr. Goldman said on Twitter. “If members of the House and Senate cannot uphold their oaths because they are afraid of a petulant bully in the WH, they should resign.”
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