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Georgia congresswoman invokes son's death during impeachment proceeding: 'I will fight for an America my son would be proud of'

Added 12-11-19 10:57:01pm EST - “Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that she supports the articles of impeachment against President Trump during a moving opening statement in which she remembered her son's death which pushed her into advocacy and later her Congressional…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Georgia congresswoman invokes son's death during impeachment proceeding: 'I will fight for an America my son would be proud of'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathGeorgia ready for unpredictable Senate race Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings MORE (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that she supports the articles of impeachment against President Trump during a moving opening statement in which she remembered her son's death which pushed her into advocacy and later her Congressional career. 

“I believe the president abused the power of the office, putting his own interests above the needs of our nation, above the needs of the people I love and I serve, and for that I must vote my conscience,” McBath said Wednesday night during the House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment.

“And I do so with a heavy heart, and a grieving soul,” she continued. “This is not why I came to Washington; I came to Washington because I love my country. I came to Washington full of hope and empowered by my community to serve them in Congress ... but after this vote I will continue to champion the ideals that this country instilled in me. To stand up for the safety and security of our communities and to fight for an America I prayed that my son Jordan would be proud off."

McBath began her opening statement by recalling her hopes of becoming a mother. She continued by telling the story of losing her only son, Jordan, seven years ago when died during an outbreak of gun violence. 

“I found myself asking God how could this happen, how did He allow this to happen to me, to my family and to Jordan? I prayed to God and found the strength to forgive [the] killer,” she said. 

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