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Democrats file 88-point resolution that states why Trump is unfit for office

Democrats say that a lot of Trump's behaviors prove he shouldn't be leading the nation


Charlie May
July 20, 2017 6:25PM (UTC)

Democrats have filed a "no-confidence" resolution "objecting to the conduct of the President of the United States" made up of 88 points that state why they believe President Donald Trump is unfit for office in reasons that range from his use of Twitter to his false claims of having the "the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan."

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., filed the resolution on Wednesday and said, "Since taking office in January, President Trump has exhibited unacceptable and often offensive behavior for a President of the United States," according to a press release.

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"He has taken the unprecedented action in the modern era of refusing to release his tax returns. He has refused to divest from his private business interests, creating conflicts of interest and potential violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. He fired his FBI Director while the FBI was investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia," Cohen said, as he continued to rattle of a laundry list of grievances with the president. "The list goes on and on and on."

The resolution touched on Trump's dealings with the Chinese government, which "granted preliminary approval of 38 new trademarks" in an unprecedented amount of time, and that he also never sought Congressional approval. It also hit on his dealings with foreign diplomats that he has "actively courted" and allowed to "stay at the hotel to curry favor with Donald John Trump and, whereas, some diplomats have said spending money at Trump’s hotel is an easy, friendly gesture to the new president."

Democrats also bashed Trump's decision to allow his son-in-law Jared Kushner "to serve as an envoy to foreign leaders, despite having no diplomatic experience," and for inviting Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House "despite the fact that Duterte has been accused of extrajudicial killings of drug suspect."

While the resolution has virtually no chance of passing the House, it provides a lengthy pattern of the president's erratic behavior and actions over the course of six months since taking office.

"This resolution sends a clear message to the President that we disapprove of his cumulative actions, that we are simpatico with our constituents and a majority of the American people, and that we have no confidence in his service," Cohen said.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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