CNN’s host Kate Bolduan found herself suddenly without a guest after Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green departed in the middle of his interview when being questioned in a way he found uncomfortable.
Bolduan played a clip from one of President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies, in which he cited a House vote that was 332-95 to table the impeachment resolution against himself.
The host then asked Green if he felt that the impeachment push could be playing into the president’s hand since he “claimed the victory” over it at his rally, calling it “a disgrace.”
“The base is not the American people. The American people don’t want to tolerate bigotry. I just have faith in the American people and I will continue. We will March on until victory is won,” Green answered.
“Nancy Pelosi also is not — is going to stand up against bigotry, but she has been very clear about the path forward for Democrats on impeachment. She’s not caved to any of the pressure when it comes to impeachment proceedings from Democrats,” Bolduan countered.
Bolduan then read a quote from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from May where she argued that Trump “is goading us to impeach him.”
“The speaker and I have the same goal and that’s to do what’s in the best interests of our country. We have different paths but the same goal. I must tell you, I have a vote that’s on now and I must leave, so I do appreciate you very much, but I do have to run now. Thank you,” the Texas Democrat said before leaving abruptly.
“Welcome to live television,” Bolduan said while laughing.
Green’s political tactics have been in full force this week, as with not only the impeachment push, but a political move asking for increased security for themselves and their colleagues on Thursday following President Donald Trump’s campaign rally on Wednesday where the crowd broke into chants of “send her back,” directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, an immigrant congresswoman and Democrat who has openly criticized the way the United States conducts itself.
Green announced that he will introduce legislation that would allow more security resources for lawmakers, according to The Hill.
Currently, leadership in Congress have dedicated security, rank-and-file members do not, and Green believes that needs to change:
“This is an important time in this country. These are dangerous times. Every member of this House needs additional security,” Green said according to The Hill.
“Leadership has adequate security. Members do not have adequate security. I want to thwart the efforts of those who might want to harm a member of this House.”