WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXOW) - Wisconsin 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind was one of 232 members of Congress to vote for the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
It marked the first time in history that a president has been impeached twice.
The final vote was 232-197.
Shortly after the vote on the floor of the House, Kind issued a statement.
“Last Wednesday was a dark day in our nation’s history. After months of peddling the Big Lie that a free and fair election he lost was stolen from him, President Trump incited a violent insurrection in an attempt to overturn the will of the voters,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “Five people died as a result of this attack—including a United States Capitol Police officer. It’s critical that everyone involved in this unprecedented assault on our democracy is held accountable, including President Trump. I have repeatedly called on the President to step down for the sake of our nation. I have asked Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to ensure the peaceful transfer of power. Unfortunately, these calls have gone unheeded, leaving me no other option than to vote to impeach President Trump. We must guard against any potential future danger the President poses, send a clear message that this type of unconstitutional behavior will not and never will be tolerated, and restore the sanity and sense of calm the American people deserve before the inauguration of President-Elect Biden.”
During a news conference Wednesday afternoon ahead of the final impeachment vote, Kind said right now, there are only two parties that matter. Not republicans or democrats, but the party of constitutionalists or insurrectionists.
Constitutionalists believe in the rule of law, he says. Insurrectionists do not.
But Kind says better days are ahead.
In one week, Kind says we'll have a new president whose focus is representing all people while returning order to the Oval Office.
Rep. Kind also voted Tuesday night in favor of a resolution that asked Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office.
Previously, Rep. Kind called on the president to step down.