Throughout President Donald Trump’s first term, prominent Democrats have expressed a desire to see him forcibly removed from office.
In the wake of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill this week, even some Republicans are joining in on the effort. As one notable example, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told the Anchorage Daily News that she wants the president to step down.
“Caused enough damage”
“I want him to resign,” she said. “I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”
Murkowski went on to associate her position with Trump’s announcement that he would not be in attendance at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month.
“I think he should leave,” she reiterated. “He said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear … at the inauguration.”
Her opprobrium continued with a focus on the president’s supposed failure to adequately respond to the ongoing public health crisis.
“He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID,” the senator said. “He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president.”
“He needs to get out”
Trump is only interested in being president “for the title,” she went on to claim.
“He only wants to stay there for the ego,” Murkowski added. “He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”
She is not alone among Republicans in expressing a clear desire to see Trump removed from the White House. In a statement on Thursday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went even further than Murkowski by advocating for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove Trump based on his rhetoric ahead of Wednesday’s civil unrest in D.C.
“Sadly, yesterday it became evident that not only has the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people’s hous, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw,” he said. “When pressed to move and denounce the violence he barely did so. It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and end this nightmare.”
For his part, however, Trump explicitly urged his supporters to refrain from violence and respect law enforcement in a tweet before his Twitter account was suspended.