Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee will introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump following the president's comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., he announced Thursday.
"President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership. No president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry," Cohen said in a statement. "No moral president would ever question the values of Americans protesting in opposition of such actions, one of whom was murdered by one of the white nationalists."
Cohen specifically referenced remarks Trump made on Saturday and Tuesday, during which he said both sides were to be blamed for the violence in Charlottesville.
The president on Monday attempted to clarify his Saturday comments from Bedminster, N.J., and denounced neo-Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists, specifically, calling them "repugnant," but walked back his statement during his impromptu press conference Tuesday from Trump Tower.
There, Trump also said there were some "very fine people" on both sides of the protests Saturday, when white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters.
One woman died and 19 others were injured when a man from one of the white nationalist groups plowed his car into the counter-protesters.
Republicans and Democrats alike criticized Trump for his comments, and the president's statement that there were "very fine people" involved drew the ire of many.
"Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the president said, ‘there were very fine people on both sides,'" Cohen said. "There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen."
Cohen's articles of impeachment follow a similar effort from Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas, who filed articles of impeachment against the president last month over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Cohen himself has also introduced a resolution of no confidence against Trump, but said the president's comments in response to the events in Charlottesville led him to believe Trump should be removed from office.
"As a Jew and as an American and as a representative of an African American district, I am revolted by the fact that the president of the United States couldn't stand up and unequivocally condemn Nazis who want to kill Jews and whose predecessors murdered 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, and could not unequivocally condemn Klansmen whose organization is dedicated to terrorizing African Americans," Cohen said.