Green, who is black,played the recordings for about 100 attendees at a town hall in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. They include death threats, racial epithets and graphic language.
Hey Al Green, weve got an impeachment for you. Its going to be yours, one caller said. Its actually going to give you a short trial before we hang your nigger ass.
(Listen to two other voicemails at the Houston Chronicle.)
Well lynch all you fuckin niggers, another caller said. Youll be hanging from a tree.
That caller went on to claim no one had called for Barack Obamas impeachment (they had), even though he was born in Kenya (he wasnt). Trumphelped spread the birther conspiracy theory that Obama wasnt born in the U.S. He finally disavowed it last year, though in a September HuffPost/YouGov poll, 39 percent of Republicans still said Obama was not born in the U.S., and 28 percent said they werent sure where he was born.
It does not deter us, Green said after playing the recordings. We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe to be the right thing to do, and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.
When people say that they will lynch you, I think you have to take that seriously, Green told MSNBC host Joy Reidon Saturday, adding that his team had extreme security measures in place for the town hall.
Green on Wednesdaycalled for Trumps impeachment on the House floor after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating the Trump campaigns potential ties to Russia and the question of interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump reportedly asked Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo Comey wrote describing a February meeting in the Oval Office. The memo was shared with The New York Times.
I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice, Green said Wednesday. I do not do this for political purposes. I do it because, Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the president of the United States of America. Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk.
The White House denied that Trump had made the request and contested Comeys account of the two mens meeting.
More than 20 other members of Congress,including several Republicans, have spoken about the possibility of impeachment, suggesting the events described in Comeys memo could amount to obstruction of justice.