WASHINGTON – Several House Democrats called for President Donald Trump to be impeached afterhis supporters rioted and stormed the United States Capitol Building, saying that the president “incited violence.”
After the pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol while Congress was counting Electoral Votes, Vice President Mike Pence had to be swept to a secure location, and the Senate chamber evacuated.
Lawmakers, staff members, reporters and others on Capitol Hill were forced to shelter-in-place for hours as the rioters forced their ways onto the Senate floor, and into the office of lawmakers.
In social media posts later removed by Twitter and Facebook, Trump told the rioters “we love you” but asked them to “stay peaceful,” and taped a video urging them to go home while referring to “a fraudulent election” that “was stolen from us.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said she is “drawing up Articles of Impeachment.”
She said Trump “should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate” and that, “We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.”
Trump was already impeached once in his presidency, late in 2019 in the House of Representatives, on allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate then-candidate Joe Biden, who is now the president-elect. Trump was later acquitted by the Senate.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass,. tweeted for Trump to be impeached, becoming one of the first lawmakers from the upper chamber of Congress to do so.
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., who is serves in the Democratic leadership as assistant speaker, said Trump “must be removed from office and prevented from further endangering our country and our people”
Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., also called on Trump to be impeached, saying the president had “incited violence” by “encouraging thousands of his supporters to storm the Capitol, and must be impeached again.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., tweeted Trump “should immediately be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate as soon as Congress reconvenes.”
“I’m in,” Rep. Kai Kahele, D-Hawaii, agreed with Pressley.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., simply tweeted: “Impeach.”
“The President has been encouraging these domestic terrorists since before the election. He could have stopped them at any moment, but instead he whipped them into a frenzy and sicced them on the Capitol,” tweeted Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., continuing that his “Cabinet must remove him today or the House must impeach,” referring to the 25th Amendment.
The amendment, ratified in 1967, created a legal mechanism for designating a head of state when the president is disabled or dead. Pence and the Cabinet could declare Trump “unable” to serve.
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., agreed with invoking the 25th amendment, and if not that, saying “Congress must immediately impeach and remove the President for the safety of our nation.”
“Yes, we should impeach him. But I don’t have much faith in the @SenateGOP to defend our democracy and remove him,” wrote Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI. Invoke the 25th amendment and he can be gone in hours. His conduct is unbecoming a President.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said the president “caused” today’s events and should thus be impeached and convicted.
“This is on Donald Trump, period. He called folks to D.C. and gave them marching orders. He needs to be impeached and removed immediately,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., tweeted that Trump’s “actions and rhetoric lead us to this point” and that she is subsequently “joining my colleagues in renewing my call to immediately impeach Donald J. Trump.”
” At every step of the way he has sought to undermine our democracy and overrule the will of the people in a free and fair election,” she wrote, continuing that, “This behavior cannot be forgiven or ignored. Impeach him. Now.”
Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., said, “Today, a woman is dead because President Trump encouraged insurrection against our government and duly-elected leaders. We cannot allow another day to pass without accountability for the harm this President has caused. President Trump must be impeached and removed from office.”
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., told a member of the Capitol Hill press corps: “I am in favor of that, of the 25th Amendment, and of any path to accountability for the sedition this man has clearly orchestrated.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR., tweeted he supports “impeaching Trump again.”
“This assault on our nation’s Capitol is a coup attempt and all those involved should be prosecuted as such,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif. “Also, for those Dems saying we shouldn’t impeach @realDonaldTrump again? You are wrong.”