President Donald Trump is facing yet another impeachment at the hands of House Democrats, this time on a single charge.
According to ABC News, Democrats confirmed their willingness to take another stab at removing Trump on Monday, filing a single article of impeachment against the president for “incitement of insurrection.”
The move came after a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump demonstrators last week that left five dead, ABC reported, including one U.S. Capitol Police officer. The mob stormed the Capitol as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes after a rally where the president and several of his allies repeated claims that the 2020 White House race was fraudulent.
“Impeached, convicted, and thrown out”
Among those calling for impeachment and removal of the president in the wake of the riot was Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, who called Trump’s actions “treasonous” in a speech Saturday, according to Breitbart.
Jeffries also said Trump presents “a clear and present danger” and “must be removed” from his role as commander-in-chief.
“Donald Trump must be removed from office immediately, he should be impeached, convicted, and thrown out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and forever banished to the dustbin of history,” the Democratic congressman declared, as Breitbart reported.
Speaking from the steps of New York’s City Hall, Jeffries was joined by other leading Democrats who echoed his words of condemnation. House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) was among them, and she said the president “should resign immediately,” calling him “a clear threat to our democracy,” according to Breitbart.
Also present was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who reportedly complained, “Anyone who is that treasonous, anyone who has lost control of his mental abilities as to start an insurrection against the United States should not have his finger on the nuclear button.”
“Defiled the seat of American democracy”
While lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have called for Trump to resign or be forcibly removed over his alleged role in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, some have questioned whether the president’s Wednesday remarks could really be construed as inciting.
What’s more, in the days since, Trump has repeatedly condemned the violence, saying in a video statement last week that “the demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed a similar sentiment in an earlier message to the press, saying Thursday:
What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate First Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation’s capital. Those who violently besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything this administration stands for.
“We grieve for the loss of life and those injured, and we hold them in our prayers and close to our hearts at this time. We thank our valiant law enforcement officers who are true American heroes,” McEnany added.