The U.S. Capitol was stormed by a pro-Trump mob and now there are calls for Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to make the unprecedented move to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office.
The calls for removal are coming from the National Association of Manufacturers – the nation’s largest industrial trade association, Democratic members of Congress and even some Republican politicians.
Jay Timmons is the head of the National Association of Manufacturers and he offered a strong statement, maintaining that Pence should “seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.”
Former U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) has also added his voice to the support for the use of the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office and Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott said the president “should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet.”
ON CNBC, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, a Republican who represented Maine in the Senate for 18 years, appeared and said that the Cabinet should use their position and invoke the 25th Amendment because at this point, President Trump “is no longer capable of serving the United States of America.”
Democratic lawmakers are speaking out as well, including U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu and Charlie Crist, who agreed that the 25th Amendment should be used now to take President Trump out of office.
Wednesday offered a whirlwind of shocking (or not so shocking stories to cover.) One of the headlines of the day was when President Trump turned on Vice President Pence, saying via tweet that the vice president “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done” as Congress began the process of the Electoral College vote certification as outlined in the United States Constitution.
For a reference point, a portion of the 25th Amendment allows for the vice president, the Cabinet or another body approved by Congress to declare that “the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” but questions still remain whether it could be used at a time like this. Those who are pushing for it would like very much to try and see.
Timmons, who is now the head of the National Association of Manufacturers and served as the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2002-2004, offered this strong statement:
“Throughout this whole disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered on by members of his own party, adding fuel to the distrust that has enflamed violent anger. This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and should be treated as such.”