ADL Calls for Trump's Impeachment After Capitol Violence

Jewish human rights groups Bend the Arc and T'ruah join the call after Wednesday’s breaching of the Capitol, which included multiple displays of antisemitism, white supremacy and far-right extremism

Police stand guard after a day of riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 6, 2021.
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NEW YORK – The Anti-Defamation League has called for U.S. President Donald Trump’s removal from office on Friday, following Wednesday’s violent attack on the Capitol by the president's supporters. 

“As this week comes to a close, we must not allow the historic and horrific events of the past 48 hours to simply fade without significant consequences,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a highly unusual statement for the organization, which has never called for any U.S. president to be removed from office. 

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“But what occurred on Wednesday was inexcusable,” Greenblatt said. “It will forever be remembered as one of the darkest days of American democracy and it makes unambiguously clear: President Trump is unfit for office and needs to be removed.” 

Wednesday’s events in Washington included multiple displays of antisemitism, white supremacy and far-right extremism. 

“This was incited by President Trump and organized on social media for all the world to see,” Greenblatt said, noting that the ADL has also joined the efforts of the Stop Hate for Profit coalition to have Trump banned from social media platforms as well.

ADL also called for a “complete, thorough, and transparent investigation into the failings of law enforcement and Capitol Hill security,” adding that “investigations must be conducted regarding the disturbing inequities between how peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters were handled last summer in comparison to armed extremists storming the Capitol.”

The social justice group Bend the Arc: Jewish Action also launched a petition calling for Trump’s removal from office as well as the expulsion of “every Republican who violated their oath of office.” 

The attack on the Capitol, the organization’s CEO Stosh Cotler said, was “an attack on our country, on our people, brought on by a president and his imitators who refuse to accept that millions of us turned out in solidarity with each other and elected Joe Biden by overwhelming margins.” 

“This isn’t the first time Trump has incited his followers to violence or fascism, and it may not be the last unless we rise up to hold them all accountable,” she added. “From Charlottesville to Pittsburgh to Poway to Gilroy to El Paso to the Capitol, we’ve seen this violence play out too many times.” 

T’ruah, a rabbinic human rights organization that represents over 2,000 rabbis and cantors and their communities, also called for Trump, Cruz and Hawley to be ousted

"The Talmud teaches, ‘Anyone who was able to protest the actions of the members of one’s household and did not is punished for the actions of the household; one who was able to protest the actions of one’s city and did not is punished for the actions of the city; one who was able to protest the actions of the whole world and did not is punished for the actions of the world,’" a statement by Rabbi Jill Jacobs said, adding that hundreds of T'ruah's members had called their elected representatives to push for impeachment proceedings. 

"The mob that attacked the Capitol last week, as well as the elected officials and news media who egged them on, pine for a white Christian patriarchal America. But those of us committed to a diverse country, based in justice and equality for all people, are winning," Jacobs' statement concluded. "The Torah teaches us that liberation does not come easily or quickly. We recommit to the work of organizing, in partnership with other communities, to live in an America that protects the safety, dignity, and rights of all people.” 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats in a letter that if Trump did not resign immediately, the House would move to impeach the president, according to a report in the New York Times.

Reuters contributed to this report.