Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has served alongside Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the House of Representatives for over two decades. The two are close allies in Congress.
On Wednesday, Schakowsky announced her support for opening impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump — a position Speaker Pelosi has avoided.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed Schakowsky about how she arrived at her decision, which she said Speaker Pelosi neither sought to stop nor delay.
Schakowsky explained how she read the Mueller report, which she said presented a “slam dunk” case that Trump obstructed justice.
My Statement on Calls for an Impeachment Inquiry…. pic.twitter.com/D3JD866sqg
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) June 20, 2019
But it wasn’t just a political decision.
“This is very personal,” Schakowsky said.
“For me, it’s very personal. Not only have I heard from over 1,000 people from my district, but it’s personal because my son has been encouraging me,” she revealed.
“How could you, Mom, as a progressive Democrat, is there someone who is more deserving of being impeached? Were not the Founding Fathers thinking about the possibility of a Donald Trump? Is there a better example of someone who has defied the Constitution and who has obstructed justice and who is every day diminishing our democracy?” she said her son asked.
“I thought about this almost as a legacy issue. What am I going to say to him today and what will I say to my grandchildren tomorrow in a situation like this?” Schakowsky wondered.
White nationalism is ‘the greatest threat to American democracy’: Fascism expert
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," The Atlantic staff writer and fascism expert Adam Serwer laid out in grim terms the stakes of President Donald Trump's incitement of racist anger against Democratic congresswomen of color.
"From the beginning, we have been haunted by this question: Is America a white man’s republic or a nation for all of its citizens?" said Serwer. "Throughout the last 200-some odd years, the greatest threat to American democracy has always been white nationalism, the defining of American citizenship in racial terms. It almost destroyed the country on multiple occasions. Now President Trump has drawn a line. He has now made it clear that the citizenship of American citizens who are not white is conditional and can be revoked. Quite frankly, there is lots of disagreement between the two political parties. There are lots of issues on which we differ, but this is not a question on which there can actually be disagreement. The choice is now quite clear."
‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."
The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes
On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."