President Donald Trump has faced bipartisan criticism this week in the wake of a violent riot on Capitol Hill — and that includes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
According to The Hill, the California Democrat has announced that her party will be launching a second attempt to impeach the president, just days before his term is set to end.
“Incited an armed insurrection”
The most recent attempt comes just over a year after House Democrats attempted — and failed — to remove Trump through their first impeachment effort.
In the aftermath of civil unrest on Wednesday during which a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, however, Pelosi and others in her caucus believe they have a new opportunity to force the president out of office.
The unrest resulted in the Capitol being locked down and left several people dead, including one rioter who was fatally shot and an officer who succumbed to injuries he sustained in the mayhem, U.S. Capitol Police said.
According to The Hill, Pelosi cited the events during a press conference on Thursday as the impetus to launch a new impeachment attempt against Trump.
“Yesterday the president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America,” she claimed. “The gleeful desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our nation’s history — instigated by the president.”
“The single greatest threat”
The House speaker described the situation as “an urgency of the highest magnitude,” warning that although “there are only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America.”
She was not alone in making such a bold proclamation. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and a handful of her Democratic colleagues announced two new articles of impeachment this week.
“Donald Trump remains the single greatest threat to our democracy,” Omar said on Thursday, according to local news affiliate KTSM. “Every day that he remains in the office of the presidency — overseeing the United States military and nuclear arsenal — is a day that the safety of the American people and the world are threatened.”
Even some in the GOP are jumping on the bandwagon, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
“Here’s the truth,” he said in a statement on Thursday, The Hill reported. “The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.”