Liberal commenters on social media took exception to a sign displayed by Rep. Jim Jordan before a House Intelligence Committee hearing on impeachment.
Senior Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens President Donald Trump entered a crucial new phase with the first public hearing.
Jordan brought a poster emblazoned with a quote from Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green.
“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected,” the sign read, quoting Green’s comments from an appearance on MSBNC in May.
Jordan, a staunch defender of the president, likely intended to use the remarks as a comment on Democrats’ political motivations for impeaching Trump.
The full quote arguably makes Green’s comment less damning in context.
“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he has been vindicated. He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and they didn’t take up impeachment. He will say that we have a constitutional duty to do it if it was there and we didn’t. He will say that he has been vindicated,” Green told MSNBC’s Phillip Mena.
Various Trump critics on Twitter were outraged by Jordan’s poster.
Republican pitbull propagandist Jim Jordan has his propaganda poster ready for #Impeachment. FoxNews runs clip of @RepAlGreen's saying "If we don't impeach, he will be re-elected" 24/7. They literally cut the question & context out! It was abt impeachment HELPING his re-election! pic.twitter.com/2QICNz9KvP
— Paula Chertok? (@PaulaChertok) November 13, 2019
“Please demand that the campaign posters behind @Jim_Jordan be taken down. A scheme for the propaganda machine in the #ImpeachmentHearing This is shameful,” said one commenter.
— Janice OCG (@JaniceOCG) November 13, 2019
Others slammed Jordan for not wearing a suit.
“Jim Jordan takes his seat. No suit as usual. His little posters ready. Disgusting,” tweeted one Twitter user.
On the Democrat side, Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, has spearheaded the case against the president.
“The questions presented by this impeachment inquiry are whether President Trump sought to exploit that ally’s vulnerability and invite Ukraine’s interference in our elections,” Schiff said in his opening statement.
“Our answer to these questions will affect not only the future of this presidency, but the future of the presidency itself, and what kind of conduct or misconduct the American people may come to expect from their commander-in-chief,” Schiff said.
Schiff added, “If this is not impeachable conduct, what is?”
This week’s hearings, where Americans are hearing directly for the first time from people involved in events that sparked the congressional inquiry, may pave the way for the Democratic-led House to approve articles of impeachment – formal charges – against Trump.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)