Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten Responds to House Vote to Impeach 45th President of the United States

For Release: 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Contact:

Oriana Korin
202-374-6103
Oriana.Korin@aft.org

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump:

“Today will go down in history. Congress has defended American democracy against a president who knows no bounds.

“President Trump, in his attempt to condition previously authorized military aide to a country in need based on that country’s willingness to conduct a sham investigation of his political opponent, abused his presidential authority, threatened national security and undermined our democratic elections. He flouted Congress’ role as a co-equal branch of government, defying legitimate constitutional authority. More than 700 historians and scholars, and now the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, agree; the gravity of the moment cannot be overstated.

“The members of Congress who voted for impeachment today have shown tremendous courage. They were willing to ignore presidential bullying and name-calling to take the necessary action to protect our Constitution, and we are grateful for their patriotism.

“Tomorrow, educators around this country will enter their classrooms to teach their students about the integrity of democratic elections and the sanctity of the rule of law. Now, they can do so knowing the House of Representatives did the job our founders envisioned, and that no one in America—not even the president—is above the law.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.