WASHINGTON, D. C. — At least two members of Georgia’s congressional delegation are asking for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
The violence broke out after Trump delivered a speech outside the White House on the day Congress was set to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election. In the speech, Trump continued to insist to supporters that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, and he actually won a second term.
Trump has been able to provide no evidence of voter fraud and Biden won both the Electoral College and the popular vote by substantial margins.
Congress was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday night, where they vowed to finalize the Electoral College vote.
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Representative Lucy McBath called on Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows Congress to remove a president if he is unfit to do the job.
“Tonight, I am asking Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from office,” McBath said in a series of tweets. “The eyes of the world are upon us, and the President’s incitement of violence, his inducement of chaos, and his inability to faithfully ‘discharge the powers and duties of his office’ make it clear. The President has refused to protect our democracy and must be removed.”
Newly sworn-in Rep. Carolyn Boudreaux called on Congress to impeach Trump.
“If my colleagues in Congress still intend to move forward with their attempt to subvert our democracy and our elections after today’s violence, they have utterly failed to uphold their Oath of Office,” Boudreaux said. “Today, armed pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed our nation’s Capitol and a person was shot. I condemn what happened in the strongest possible terms — and we need to be clear that the outgoing president and his enablers have routinely fanned the flames that sparked today’s riots. Not since its burning in 1814 has so much damage been done to this building, a building that symbolizes to the world the strength and greatness of our democracy.”
“In light of the personal responsibility Trump bears for today’s events and his flagrant efforts to undermine the election in Georgia, I recommend the House move forward with impeachment proceedings immediately. Our words matter. Actions have consequences. It has never been more urgent for my colleagues to uphold the pillars of our democracy and put an end to the conspiracy theories that fueled this insurrection attempt. I call on them to do the right thing.”