With the ratification of the Electoral College vote tally declaring Democratic nominee Joe Biden the president-elect, President Donald Trump now has less than two weeks remaining in his first term.
Nevertheless, some critics on both sides of the aisle are issuing renewed calls for impeachment and removal from office in the wake of a riotous protest on Wednesday in the nation’s capital, the Washington Examiner reports. The latest wave of opprobrium came following the deadly breach of the Capitol building, which set of hours of unrest and left at least four people dead.
“A matter of preserving our Republic”
Much of the condemnation came from Democratic Party leaders, some of whom accused Trump of inciting an “insurrection” as part of his ongoing claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the election.
For her part, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) confirmed that she would be bringing forth new articles of impeachment, alleging that it is simply too dangerous to allow Trump to remain in office until the completion of his term.
“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” she said, according to ABC News.
Meanwhile, many Republicans — including some who voted to clear Trump of impeachment charges roughly a year ago — appear to be growing closer to severing ties with the outgoing commander in chief. Some reports indicate Cabinet members have begun discussing the invocation of the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to forcibly remove him from his position.
Vice President Mike Pence has also reportedly soured on the president after Trump accused him of lacking “courage” for rebuffing demands to challenge Biden’s electoral victory through his position as president of the Senate.
“We had a hell of a journey”
Pence later addressed the Senate following the breach by rioters, asserting that they “did not win.”
“Trump and I, we had a hell of a journey,” Graham said, according to The Hill. “I hate it being this way. Oh my god, I hate it… But today all can say is count me out.”
Former Attorney General Bill Barr also weighed in, calling Trump’s ostensible role in “orchestrating” the protests a “betrayal of his office,” as Axios reported.
Of course, the most vociferous opposition has been reserved for Democrats; prominent members of the party circulated articles of impeachment on Thursday as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for Trump’s immediate removal from office.