PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon’s U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader is apologizing after reportedly calling a second possible impeachment against President Donald Trump a “lynching.”
The comment was made on a call with other House Democrats, according to ABC News. Schrader, who represents Oregon’s 5th District, compared impeaching Trump to a “lynching” and said “without due process we are no better than Republicans,” adding that it would divide the country, sources reportedly told ABC News.
In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Schrader said he took “complete responsibility” for the words he used during the conference call on Friday.
“My words were wrong, hurtful and completely inappropriate. I sincerely apologize to my colleagues, constituents and friends for the pain I caused,” he said. “I recognize the horrible historical context of these words and have started to reach out to my colleagues personally to express that I understand the harm caused. I will work hard to rebuild trust and again, I humbly apologize.”
Calls for Congress to impeach Trump have exploded in the aftermath of Wednesday’s riot in Washington D.C., when thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the melee.
In a statement, a fellow member of Oregon’s congressional delegation condemned Schrader’s comment.
“Our nation has an unforgivable history of murdering Black men and women,” Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici said. “Comparing a lynching to holding the President accountable is hurtful and insensitive and ignores the overt white supremacy on display during the insurrection Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, an Oregon political consulting group announced it was cutting ties with the congressman “effective immediately.”
“Comparing the impeachment of a treasonous President who encouraged white supremacists to violently storm the Capitol to a ‘lynching’ is shameful and indefensible,” the group Winning Mark tweeted.
Schrader made headlines last month when he voted against $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks for Americans.