Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers said his reasons for calling for President Donald Trump to be expelled from office have not changed in the 11 months since he introduced a resolution petitioning officials to do so.
Brought in May 2017, Chambers' resolution (LR257) states Trump has behaved “in a dangerously problematic and erratic manner such that the safety and welfare of the United States and its residents are being placed at ongoing grave risk.”
“It’s not just that I don’t like the way Donald Trump combs his hair, or wears big suits, or that he cheats on his wife, or that he molests women, that he makes fun of the disabled, that he uses profanity, that he characterized Africa and Haiti with one of the most vulgar obscenities imaginable," Chambers told the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
"There are tangible dangers confronting this country because of Trump," he added.
His resolution calls for the “appropriate officials” to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution if they found Trump unfit for office. Those officials could then remove Trump from the Oval Office, or else Congress could remove the president if two-thirds of the members voted to do so.
The resolution carries no official weight, and likely won’t be advanced from committee to the floor for a debate by the Legislature.
But it gave the Omaha senator the opportunity to bring a message he often shares during legislative debate to a committee hearing.
Speculating Trump is in the early stages of dementia, Chambers said the president’s words and actions have further destabilized regions such as the Middle East and North Korea and put national security at risk.
The registered independent also criticized Trump for enacting tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from China — against the counsel of his economic advisers — which led the Asian country to slap its own tariffs on products made in the U.S., including agricultural products such as pork and ethanol produced in Nebraska.
Diplomats working with leaders from other countries around the world have been put in a precarious situation under Trump, Chambers added. When a deal is struck, other countries' representatives have to ask whether or not the U.S. president will renege on the agreement.
“He’s stupid,” Chambers said. “It’d be better if he were only stupid. I think he’s crazy."