Fleischmann Statement on Vote to Not Impeach President Trump
January 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03) released the following statement on his vote to not impeach President Donald J. Trump:
“I am deeply concerned about our nation’s future. The inexcusable and heinous violence that occurred at the Capitol last week was abhorrent and an affront to our Republic. We are deeply divided, and the vitriol, toxicity, and animosity towards our fellow Americans have only continued to exasperate this divide. I believe we desperately need to begin to heal as a nation — impeachment would only throw fuel on the fire.
“Our constituents elected us to lead, but I haven’t seen much of that from many elected officials in the past week — I’ve seen personal insults hurled from all sides and I’ve seen dangerous rhetoric only continue to escalate.
“I have always had the utmost respect for my colleagues on all sides of the political spectrum. I believe that we should be able to have healthy disagreements on politics and policy but, at the end of the day, be able to respect each other and be united in our shared love for this great nation.
“When I speak to folks at home, they want to know what we’re doing to help small businesses, what we’re doing to support their families and their children, and what we’re doing to solve our communities’ ailments. I want to get back to doing our job, and I know they want that too.
“I will be voting against impeaching President Donald Trump, he has seven days left in his term, and he has committed to a peaceful transition of power. All this impeachment process does is further hurt and divide our nation when we need to be working to heal these wounds. I hope that my colleagues will soon join me in deescalating the rhetoric and working to mend our political divides. We need to focus on what we were sent here to do, creating and enacting policies that will help our communities.
“This is undoubtedly a rough time in our history. However, I firmly believe that our nation is stronger than the events that have unfolded, our nation is stronger than our political divides, and our nation will heal. At the end of the day, we are still one nation, under God, indivisible.”