U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to immediately remove Trump from office, saying that if he does not act, Congress should impeach the president.
"What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president," Schumer said in a statement. "This president should not hold office one day longer."
"If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president," he added.
Republican U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger also called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, a day after the president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy.
"All indications are that the president has become unmoored, not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality itself," Kinzinger said in a video he posted on Twitter.
Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar said on Wednesday she was drawing up articles of impeachment against Trump.
“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” the Minnesota representative wrote on Twitter even though there are just two weeks left before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another Democratic lawmaker and member of the liberal “Squad” often targeted by the Republican Trump, echoed Omar’s call in a one-word tweet: “Impeach.”
Hundreds of protesters marched from a Trump rally near the White House to the Capitol and stormed the building. Video showed people breaking windows and pressing past barricades to get inside. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives were evacuated as they met to confirm Biden’s victory in the November 3 election.
Calls for Trump’s removal spread rapidly across social media from Democratic lawmakers, commentators and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Vermont Governor Phil Scott.