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NAACP passes resolution calling for Trump impeachment

"This president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era," said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.

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Darryl Coote
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said at his organization's 110th annual convention in Detroit, Mich., Tuesday President Donald Trump should be removed from office. Photo courtesy Derrick Johnson/Twitter
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said at his organization's 110th annual convention in Detroit, Mich., Tuesday President Donald Trump should be removed from office. Photo courtesy Derrick Johnson/Twitter

July 24 (UPI) -- Members of one of the United States' largest and best-known civil rights groups, the NAACP, have unanimously voted in favor of impeachment for President Donald Trump.

Delegates gathered Tuesday at the 110th annual NAACP Convention in Detroit and voted on a resolution calling on the U.S. House to initiate impeachment proceedings.

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NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement Trump has proven time and time again he's unfit to helm the country.

"This president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era," he said. "Trump needs to know that he is not above the law and the crimes that he has committed and he must be prosecuted."

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The resolution was put forward by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who's been a vocal advocate of impeachment. Last week, the House voted down his resolution to open impeachment proceedings, in response to tweets in which Trump criticized four female members of Congress and told them to "go back and help fix the broken crime-infested places from which they came."

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Several prominent NAACP members have been critical of the president, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the four targeted by Trump's tweet.

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"I'm not going nowhere," she said Tuesday at the convention. "Not until I impeach this president."

Though a resolution can only recommend the House take action, it comes as some 90 House Democrats have called for an impeachment inquiry.

The group also voted at the convention, which sets NAACP policy priorities for the next year, on resolutions to support criminal justice reform -- specifically bail reform -- to end violence against black transgender women and support the transgender community, and to end discriminatory medical practices.

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