WASHINGTON – A day after deadly riots in the Capitol encouraged by President Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., on Thursday became the first Republican in Congress to call for invoking the 25th Amendment to force Trump out of office
“The President is unfit. And the President is unwell,” Kinzinger said. Trump must step down either voluntarily or involuntarily, he said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, also called for the 25th amendment to be used to force Trump out of office.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” Schumer said.
“The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
Kinzinger, already the most outspoken Republican when it comes to denouncing the lies and conspiracy theories Trump spreads, said in a video posted on Twitter, “What happened yesterday is a wake up call to many, but it’s a call to accountability for others.”
The 25th Amendment, created to deal with a president who is incapacitated, has been used in the past when a president was facing a minor matter — say, under anesthesia for minor surgery, said Kinzinger. Now, with a president “unmoored,” Kinzinger said the far more serious situation demands action.
Trump has only days left in office — the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is Jan. 20. Kinzinger said there is still a need to act.
“Sadly yesterday it became evident that not only has the President abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people’s house, he invoked and inflame passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw,” Kinzinger said.
“When pressed to move and denounced the violence he barely did so well of course victimizing himself and seeming to get a wink and a nod to those doing something, all indications are that the President has become unmoored, not just from his duty, or even his own but from reality itself.
“And it is for this reason that I call for the Vice President, members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people. And that we have a sane Captain on the ship.”
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January 7, 2021 at 10:41AM