Several prominent Democrats came out in support of efforts that would force President Donald Trump out of office in the final days of his term after violent protests took place on Capitol Hill last week.
The movement has even attracted the support of a few Republicans — including Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who expressed his position in an NBC News interview on Sunday.
“The president has disqualified himself”
Toomey told anchor Chuck Todd that he believed the president should “go away as soon as possible,” specifically referencing his desire to see Trump resign from office.
He said that “the best way” to achieve the ultimate goal of ending the Trump administration would be “for the president to resign.”
For their part, House Democrats are already moving forward with a second impeachment attempt following the breach of the U.S. Capitol building by Trump supporters on Wednesday. Five people died in the mayhem.
In any case, Toomey is in agreement with other Trump critics in his belief that the president should be effectively barred from ever serving in public office.
“I think the president has disqualified himself from ever certainly serving in office again,” he added. “I don’t think he is electable in any way.”
“Unlikely to touch it again”
Although Toomey has gone farther with his rhetoric than most others in the GOP, he is not alone in his criticism.
Many Republicans have spoken out against not only Trump but others in their party — such as Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who have publicly defended the president’s election-related grievances.
The party remains ambivalent about the issue of impeachment, however, warning that the pursuit would lead to even deeper divisions across America in the final days of Trump’s first term.
For Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the events of the past week appear to have served as an effective deterrent for the president, declaring Trump “touched the hot stove on Wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again.”
Trump remained unambiguous in his denunciation of ongoing efforts to remove him from office, declaring on Tuesday: “It’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous, it’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger.”