Democrats Hail Jamie Raskin for Leading Donald Trump Impeachment After Loss of Son Tommy

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has been praised by his Democratic colleagues for his role leading the impeachment push against President Donald Trump following the death of his son in December.

Raskin, whose son Thomas died aged 25 in December, took up the role of lead impeachment manager ahead of Trump's as-yet unscheduled trial in the Senate. The House impeached Trump in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday about taking up the role, Raskin said: "I'm not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and lose my country and my Republic in 2021. It's not going to happen.

"The vast majority of American people—Democrats, Republicans and independents—reject armed insurrection and violence as a new way of doing business in America. We're not going to do that.

"This was the most terrible crime ever by a President of the United States against our country."

Following the comments, Raskin's message was shared by many of his congressional colleagues.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said: "My family and families across America are holding you, Sarah, and your entire family in our hearts during this difficult time."

She added: "Thank you for sharing your strength, your patriotism, and your abiding sense of justice."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) said Raskin's "strength and courage" was commendable: "He has consistently encouraged our caucus to do what is right even if unpopular."

.@RepRaskin, my family and families across America are holding you, Sarah, and your entire family in our hearts during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your strength, your patriotism, and your abiding sense of justice. https://t.co/l2tWmX6t5u

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 17, 2021

Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) both said America is "fortunate" to have Raskin leading the charge.

"America is fortunate to have such a strong and resilient defender of our democracy leading us toward holding Trump accountable," Lee tweeted. "Proud to serve alongside @RepRaskin."

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) said: "America is fortunate to have such a strong and resilient defender of our democracy leading us toward holding Trump accountable. Proud to serve alongside @RepRaskin."

Raskin was described as a "hero" by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) who added: "So proud of him."

The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump last week, following the recent deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol. Democrats led the effort though 10 Republicans also voted to impeach Trump with incitement to insurrection, teeing up a Senate trial.

The trial may coincide with the first days of President-elect Joe Biden's tenure following his inauguration January 20. Raskin defended impeaching Trump so close to the end of the president's term.

"I don't think anybody would seriously argue that we should establish a precedent where every President on the way out the door has two weeks or three weeks or four weeks to try to incite an armed insurrection against the union or organize a coup against the union and if it succeeds, he becomes a dictator and if it fails, he's not subject to impeachment or conviction because we want to let bygones be bygones," Raskin said.

"This was the most serious presidential crime in the history of the United States of America."

He encouraged people to focus not on the timeline but the "solemnity and gravity" of what happened.

Trump has condemned the violence and said those involved in lawbreaking should be punished.

"The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country," he said "And to those who broke the law, you will pay."

However, the backlash persists against his actions prior to and surrounding the events that spawned from his rally in D.C. on January 6, and he is now the only U.S. president to ever be impeached twice.

jamie raskin and madeleine dean at capitol
House Impeachment Managers Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) (R) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) wear protective masks while walking to the House Floor during a vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021. Raskin has been praised for his work leading the managers. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images