In wake of the storming of the Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters, demands for his ouster are growing louder. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer called for the invocation of the 25th amendment against Trump. They hope to get a response from Vice President Pence soon.
In a televised address on Thursday, Speaker Pelosi said, “Yesterday, the President of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America. The gleeful desecration of the US Capitol which is the temple of American democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will for ever stay in our nation’s history.”
Pelosi went on to say, “In calling for this seditious act, the President has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people. I join the senate democratic leader in calling on the Vice President to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th amendment.”
Schumer himself tweeted, “This president must not hold office one day longer.” He added, “If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress must reconvene to impeach President Trump.”
Following the attack on the Capitol, several White House staff members and key members of the Trump administration have reportedly resigned, and Trump’s former associates are also busy dissociating from him. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was the first to resign from Rump’s Cabinet on Thursday. The Hill reported that First Lady Milania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham had resigned, as did Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, and White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta. Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr too condemned Trump’s actions. Barr told CNN, “Orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.”
Meanwhile, the path for Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, has been paved. He won 306 of the Electoral College votes as opposed to Trumps 232. Earlier the Senate and the House voted to reject two separate challenges to Biden’s victories in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
The National Guard will remain in Washington, DC through Biden’s inauguration. Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the public emergency declared on Wednesday for another 15 days:
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