Democrat Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-TX) has provoked a backlash after she blasted Republicans for impeaching a member of President Joe Biden’s administration.
Jackson Lee was standing up for Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday.
She scolded the GOP, saying on social media that impeachment should not be “used for revenge.”
The House Homeland Security Committee met Tuesday to advance two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas.
They accuse the DHS chief of refusing to follow immigration law and of breaching the public’s trust.
A vote is expected to take place later in the day, and will likely fall on party lines, moving the articles to a House vote at a future date.
While Republican committee members continued their assault against Mayorkas, Jackson Lee turned to social media to express her stance on the matter.
“Impeachment is not meant as a tool to be used for revenge. #RevengeImpeachment,” Jackson Lee posted to X.
The tweet was in response to a video of her during the impeachment hearing, where she said they were “being fooled” in regard to the accusations against Mayorkas.
“Today, we are being fooled that work is being done against an individual for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” Jackson Lee said.
“The American people understand that that is not the actions that we are here for today.
“Revenge, vengefulness is why we are here.
“Otherwise, they would understand that Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is an individual whose family fled the Nazis and then Cuba before arriving here in the U.S.
“He is the first immigrant to serve as head of the Department of Homeland Security, and yet, this committee seeks to suggest that he is violating the Constitution when, in essence, his freedom is based upon our Constitution,” she added.
Jackson Lee faced harsh criticism for her comments from some people, though, including Aaron Ray Hermes, a Texas Republican candidate gunning for the congresswoman’s seat.
“Oh so wanting to protect the country is just ‘revenge’ now?” Hermes tweeted.
“Then why did you impeach Trump for making a perfectly valid phone call in 2019?
“Keep lying and we’ll keep showing up with receipts.
“Can’t wait to take your seat.”
Others attempted to remind Jackson Lee that the Democratic Party used impeachment as revenge against President Donald Trump.
“Did you post this comment when you all did the revenge impeachment of Trump,” one user wrote, while another posted,
“Haha! Says the Impeachment Democratic Party.”
Still, House Democrats, including Jackson Lee, have backed Mayorkas on the matter of impeachment.
On Monday, they released a lengthy report that accused the Republican majority of abusing the impeachment process and running a “sham” process while sabotaging Mayorkas’ efforts to manage the border crisis.