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Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon told fellow Democrats on a phone call Friday that he opposes the rapid push to impeach President Donald Trump over the Capitol siege, likening it to a “lynching,” according to what sources on the call told reporters at ABC News.
“Without due process we are no better than Republicans,” Schrader reportedly said, contending that it would divide the nation to rush toward impeachment. Schrader’s remarks on impeachment were also separately reported by CBS News.
Schrader’s reported comments go against the sentiments of many of his Democratic colleagues in both chambers — including the leaders of the party, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who’ve called for Trump to be removed either via the 25th Amendment or impeachment. They also sparked anger online, particularly given that a noose was hung from a makeshift gallow near the Capitol during the attempted coup provoked by Trump on Wednesday.
The rioters literally constructed a gallows for people like Rep. Schrader but ok dude https://t.co/kAH2IdHEma
— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) January 8, 2021
If Kurt Schrader won’t hold Trump accountable for inciting a lethal insurrection then he should resign. https://t.co/5NwMKMLBdH
— Kai Newkirk (@kai_newkirk) January 8, 2021
Ironically, that’s exactly what the people storming the Capitol might have done to Schrader if they’d caught him. They had the gallows already built. https://t.co/ZTb14f2YdK
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 8, 2021
As of Friday, the Oregon lawmaker seems to be the only Democrat who’s expressed opposition to impeaching Trump over the Capitol siege.
Though Schrader appears to be opposed to the current move to oust Trump, he voted in favor of impeaching the president in December 2019, which was related to the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
Schrader’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.