While speaking at Chicago’s Lincoln United Methodist Church on Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., called President Trump a criminal and promised that when Democrats take the House of Representatives, they will “eliminate” him from the White House.
“For me, the major criminal that exists in the United States of America is called Donald Trump, he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House,” Gutierrez told the congregation. “And we’re going to take actions today, and we’re going to take actions tomorrow. And there will soon be a majority in the House of Representatives, and I’m going to make sure that I am there to make sure of one thing, that we write those articles of impeachment and take him to trial before the Senate and eliminate him as president of the United States of America.”
According to Real Clear Politics:
The Lincoln United Methodist Church is a sanctuary church and according to Gutierrez’s website, he “spoke to a packed house about the need to defend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and other forms of legal immigration status that are under attack from Republicans and Donald Trump.”
Gutierrez said that while Trump is attempting to criminalize immigrants, the president is the “real criminal.” The Congressman said illegal immigrants are not criminals and that history will determine who the true criminals are.
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Here’s full video of his comments:
Gutierrez also compared himself and the anti-Trump movement to Ghandi.
“Gandhi took on … the greatest British empire non-violently with love in his heart … and he brought them down to their knees,” he said. “We can do the same thing to Donald Trump in the United States of America if we’re ready to do it.”
Gutierrez said he was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement because he would not be in Congress had it not been for black Americans who fought for civil rights, human rights, and political dignity.
“They paved the way,” he said, adding that “we can do that and we can do so much more.”
He said he gets “angry,” “very frustrated,” and “very sad” when he thinks “of the implication of the 800,000 young people” whose hopes and dreams can be “destroyed at the stroke of a pen.”
But he vowed that his “love” for illegal immigrants who received Obama’s executive amnesties is moving him to action and declared, “we will be triumphant” and “use every means at our disposal that is peaceful … in order to make the case … in the most important court in the United States, in the court of public opinion, where we will win.”
“I’m ready to occupy whatever it is you have to occupy—whether it’s an office, whether it’s a building, whether it’s a street—but we will do what we need to do in order to make our case resoundingly clear to the American public,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez is well known for his outlandish rhetoric, especially on the issue of illegal immigration. Earlier this year, he found himself in handcuffs after facing off against ICE.
According to CNN:
Gutierrez and a small delegation of advocates had attended an ICE meeting seeking information about specific cases. After not receiving the answers they sought, Gutierrez refused to leave.
“When they threatened us with arrest, we said ‘arrest us,'” he told Burnett. “We came here to get answers.”
In 2014, he told Hispanics to vote and “punish” those who oppose amnesty, the Washington Times reported:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez issued some tough talk to La Raza event-goers in Los Angeles, telling them bluntly that they should use their voices and their votes to “punish” those who fail to support amnesty-type legislation for the illegal minor-age border crossers.
“We need to raise our voices, make ourselves citizens, sign up to vote and punish those who speak ill and criminalize children who come to our border,” Mr. Gutierrez said in Spanish at the weekend La Raza conference, Breitbart reported.
The Illinois Democrat has been one of the staunchest supporters on Capitol Hill for amnesty policy. He also said at this same event that President Obama has assured him and his fellow Congressional Hispanic Caucus members that the White House was trying to do everything it could to “stop the deportation” of illegals from this country, he said, Breitbart reported.
So it comes as no surprise that Gutierrez opposes Trump, but his use of the word “eliminate” is beyond the pale, given the numerous threats to murder the president. Will anyone take notice? We’re not holding our breath.
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