Donald Trump incited an insurrectionist riot that culminated in the storming of the Capitol. Once the smoke cleared from the Electoral College Riot, two bombs were found, five lives were lost, and the world wondered, “what happens next?” Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger is calling for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is calling for Trump’s resignation, and the Democratic Caucus is fast-tracking an impeachment. The methods may differ, but people from all sides of the political spectrum agree, Donald Trump must go!
The concern for what the unhinged president may do in his final days has risen so high that Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, in an attempt to limit Trump’s ability to use nuclear weapons during his final days in office. Because of the president’s instability and his actions fomenting the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi and The House are barreling toward impeachment.
Pelosi has yet to make a final decision on how precisely Democrats will proceed, including whether to pursue a constitutional process that could remove Trump without impeachment. In a statement Friday evening, Pelosi again pressured Trump to resign his office but said Democrats would “preserve every option” if he did not. Pelosi stated that she had “instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment”. The Speaker does not merely have an axe to grind; she is genuinely concerned, stating, “It’s hard to exaggerate the culpability of this unhinged person. We cannot empower him.”
There is broad consensus for impeachment next week in a caucus that remains deeply shaken, and House Democrats plan to introduce a formal resolution during Monday’s pro forma session. House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries will reconvene Democrats to continue the discussion of impeachment over the weekend, stating, “The violent insurrection was an attack on the caucus, the Congress, the country and the Constitution…Donald Trump must be held accountable for his actions.”
The raw fury among Democrats over Trump’s incitement of the Electoral College Riot that resulted in the murder of Capitol Officer Brian D. Sicknick is palpable. However, some are still fearful of the exiting Trump. Representative Kurt Schrader gave voice to the smaller clutch of House Democrats worried that impeachment would backfire, stating, “I don’t want to breathe life into the corpse of this president, I don’t want him to become a martyr.” But Pelosi and her top lieutenants, joined by a large cross-section of her caucus, said inaction is not an option.