Republican Representative Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and colleagues introduced a concurrent resolution to censor President Trump. The bill has almost the same language as the impeachment efforts underway in the United States House of Representatives. Fitzpatrick argues that the resolution would allow Congress to move on as a united body while still showing disapproval for the president’s actions.
Concurrent Resolution to Censor President Trump
Fitzpatrick is not the only one to suggest that Trump’s censorship is the right move at this time. Republican Representative Tom Reed wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times saying that he supported the move. Reed contends that impeaching the president could further erode trust in the system. He also says that impeachment would be time-consuming when Congress has more pressing matters to deal with, including the pandemic.
The resolution reads that President Trump acted in a manner “grossly incompatible with self-government and the rule of law.” It also condemns the president for trying to overthrow the election results and affirms President Biden as the next president.
House Censorship Resolution
A similar resolution has been introduced in the United States House of Representatives. That resolution calls on President Trump to refrain from conduct inviting foreign interference in United States elections, calls on him to respect the separation of powers, and orders him to act in a Constitutional manner towards the American public. Finally, it calls on him to admit that he was wrong and apologize to the American people.
Lawmakers Feel Impeachment Could Backfire
While being impeached would remove the president from running for office again, censorship has no teeth. Many lawmakers would prefer to go that route. They say impeaching the president after he leaves office could backfire with electors in 2022 and 2024.
Many lawmakers feel that impeachment is not the right move now because the trial could not happen before Biden is put into office.