In the wake of a destructive and violent breach of the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, a renewed push has erupted among Democrats — and even a few Republicans — to see the president immediately removed from office.
For his part, however, President-elect Joe Biden likely disappointed some in his party by declining to voice any support for such measures.
“Isn’t fit to hold the job”
Trump critics have alternately advocated resignation, impeachment, or the invocation of the 25th Amendment in their effort to force the outgoing president out of the White House before the end of his term.
In a statement on Friday, however, Biden continued to insist that the easiest way to get rid of Trump will be with his own inauguration later this month.
His remarks came during a press conference in Delaware, which included his opinion that Trump “isn’t fit to hold the job.”
Nevertheless, Biden held back from openly supporting measures that would prematurely end the current administration.
“What the Congress decides to do is for them to decide,” he said of the various proposals being discussed. “We’re going to do our job and the Congress can decide how to proceed with theirs. That’s a decision for the Congress to make. I’m focused on my job.”
“The quickest way that that will happen”
Despite his reticence to endorse impeachment or other efforts, Biden referred to Trump as “one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”
As for the “important business” of ridding the White House of Trump, Biden determined that “the quickest way that that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th.”
Congressional leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanded Trump’s resignation in response to the Capitol Hill riot, which she dubbed an “armed insurrection” against the United States. Absent a resignation, she called on Vice President Mike Pence to move forward with removal under the 25th Amendment, threatening another impeachment attempt if that did not occur.
With less than two weeks left in his term, however, it is unlikely that any such efforts will succeed.
Articles of impeachment, for example, would have to be passed in the House and followed by a trial conducted in the Senate and support from a two-thirds majority. As for the 25th Amendment, Pence and a majority of the Trump Cabinet would have to be on board for the removal process to move forward.