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‘The kids are watching’: Democrats’ impeachment message geared to future generations

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., explained his plan to vote to impeach President Donald Trump to his two children from the House floor Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., explained his plan to vote to impeach President Donald Trump to his two children from the House floor Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

It didn’t take long for a theme to emerge in the House floor debate on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The theme was simply summed up by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.: “The kids are watching.”

House Democrats seized the opportunity Wednesday to frame their message around the “next generation.” Several members talked about their own children and how they might defend their votes to impeach Trump when asked years down the road. In one case, Massachusetts Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III spoke directly to his two children, Ellie and James, during his floor speech.

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said that his “Republicans colleagues have made up their minds” and that’s why he addressed his remarks “to the future.”

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