After a crowd of President Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill in response to his rejection of the 2020 election results, a small but growing chorus of leaders and lawmakers issued statements calling for his removal from power.
Some suggested that Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment, which contains procedures to get used to replace a seated president who is no longer able to fulfill his duties.
“Vice President Pence, who has been evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to bring about the 25th Democratic Amendment,” said Jay Timmons, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Manufacturers, in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Timmons, whose organization used to have one close working relationship with Mr. Trumpadded that “the outgoing president incited violence to keep power and any elected leader defending him violates his constitutional oath and rejects democracy in favor of anarchy”.
He wasn’t alone with this suggestion. Florida representative Charlie Crist, now a Democrat but formerly a Republican, posted on twitter that “The 25th amendment enables the removal of a president. It’s time to remove the president. “
Representative Ted Lieu, Democrat of California, repeated the call on Twitter.
Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, said on twitter that she drafted articles of impeachment.
“Donald J. Trump should be tried by the House of Representatives and removed from office by the United States Senate,” she wrote. “We cannot allow him to stay in office, it is about preserving our republic and we have to keep our oath.”
On Wednesday evening, other removal requests rolled in slowly but steadily, including that one Governor Phil Scott of Vermonta Republican; Representative Mike Thompson, Democrat of California; Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon; and other members of the house.
Concerns centered on Mr. Trump’s opposition to a fair and peaceful transfer of power – he has repeatedly falsely claimed the election was unfair or stolen – and his failure to break up the mob when they aggressively and illegally broke into the Capitol on Wednesday.
Mr. Trump finally posted a video suggesting they should leave, but in kind words.
“Go home, we love you,” he said.