The storming of the Capitol building by violent pro-Trump protesters yesterday turned a number of Republican leaders and cabinet officials against Trump. Some of them are even calling for his impeachment before the inauguration ceremony that will hold on the 20th of January.
Republican leaders call for the 25th amendment to be invoked
Four different Republican officials have called for the 25th amendment to be invoked, while two others said Mr. Donald Trump should be impeached.
“He has to be impeached and removed,” said one current Republican elected official.
Another former senior official said the President’s actions are enough to remove him before he causes further damage to the system.
“I think this has been a huge shock to the system. How do you keep him in place for two weeks after this?”, he said.
Trump’s refusal to admit defeat has also led to longtime Republican activists and allies of the White House to call for his impeachment.
“Pence should move against him on the 25th Amendment,” said one.
“They need to invoke the 25th
Amendment immediately,” said the other.
If the 25th amendment is invoked, the senate could subsequently vote to disqualify Trump and ensure he never runs for a federal office again.
Discussions are currently being held to discuss Trump’s impeachment
A source told CNN that some cabinet members are holding preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th amendment.
The current denouncing of Donald Trump by Republican leaders is an unprecedented move. Former President Georgy W. bush, released a strongly worded rebuke Wednesday evening calling the “insurrection” at the Capitol a “sickening and heartbreaking sight.”
Mitt Romney, the Utah senator who was the only Republican to vote to convict the President on an article of impeachment last year, called the President a “selfish man” who “deliberately misinformed his supporters” about the election. He also called the attack on the Capitol an “insurrection” and blamed Trump, saying he, “stirred [supporters] to action this very morning.”