Virginia Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger faced the wrath of angry constituents this week for her support for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
“The allegations against the president are incredibly, incredibly serious,” Spanberger, who represents a Trump-supporting district, said during a town hall on Sunday. “No one has dispelled, or attempted to dispel or provide evidence that would exonerate the president,” she added later.
“He hasn’t done anything wrong,” a constituent yelled back.
“Y’all have been trying to impeach this man since he got elected,” another shouted.
The crowd yelled that the allegations are “incredible bullshit,” “crap,” and “all lies,” as Spanberger tried to address them.
“Let our votes count. Don’t take them away,” another constituent said.
Spanberger repeatedly tried to make the case to her constituents that President Donald Trump’s conduct is impeachable.
“Those witnesses have all affirmed and all agreed on what happened,” she said. “That the president sought to use military assistance … as leverage to get a foreign government to do what he wanted.”
Spanberger was one of seven Democrats who cosigned a September op-ed in the Washington Post announcing their support for impeaching the president. She represents Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District, which she won last year by defeating Republican incumbent Dave Brat. Trump won the district in 2016.
House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will seek to impeach Trump on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina said he expects to lose some votes on impeachment within the Democratic caucus. Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey said he would be voting against the articles.
(Reporting by Graham Piro)