Ted Deutch calls for Donald Trump to be impeached after Capitol chaos

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Deutch joins a growing chorus of lawmakers demanding Trump be removed from power.

Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch is joining calls to impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office in his waning days after a dangerous spectacle Wednesday in Washington.

In a statement Thursday, Deutch appears to be following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s lead in pushing for Trump’s Cabinet to utilize the 25th Amendment and declare Trump unfit to lead the nation. Short of that, Deutch says, the President should be impeached for an unprecedented second time.

“If VP [Mike] Pence refuses to take President Trump’s incitement of violent mobs storming the Capitol seriously, Congress must pursue its own efforts to prevent further damage,” Deutch wrote Thursday in a statement released to Twitter.

“Impeachment is our way forward. I am signing on in support of articles of impeachment to remove President Trump based on his incitement of violence at the Capitol yesterday.

Pelosi made similar remarks Thursday. She said if Pence and the Cabinet do not push to remove Trump, then “Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus.”

Trump has promised “an orderly transition on January 20th,” the end date of Trump’s term per the Constitution. That’s less than two weeks away, but some members of Congress are fearful of the President’s actions in that span now that his paths to victory have been fully foreclosed after Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory on Wednesday.

Deutch expressed that concern in his Thursday statement, arguing Trump’s intermittent calls for peace Wednesday were littered with praise for the mob that breached the Capitol and repetition of false claims of vote fraud that led to the riot in the first place.

“In each statement yesterday Donald Trump did more to fan the flames of violence than to extinguish them,” Deutch said. “It doesn’t matter that only 2 weeks remain in his term. We must prevent further damage. The President must be removed from office.”

Deutch voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment in 2019, though the GOP-controlled Senate chose to keep Trump in office.

Ryan Nicol

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2 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 8, 2021 at 4:58 am

    Absolutely impeach and imprison Trump snd all of his goptrump death cult sociopaths! Yes you Rutherford! Rutherford you are a damn traitor! Rutherford you are brainwashed and braindead! Get out Rutherford! You are a loser!

  • PeterH

    January 9, 2021 at 8:16 am

    OUR COUNTRY IS UNDER ATTACT FROM WITHIN

    Anti-American, Anti-Democracy Florida Senator Rick Scott is officially the proud third tier leader of the US Senate’s sedition caucus. The Lincoln Project has yet to label Scott as such ….. but I believe the label is coming soon.

    Retired Governor and Trump boot licker Niki Haley should also be chastised for her continued support of Donald Trump.

    Let’s be perfectly clear, Twitter has nothing to do with constraining ‘First American Rights’ ……they are not a function of government denying Trump, Michael Flynn, or Sydney Powell of anything. Twitter is a PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANY that has rules and regulations. If you don’t want to follow their club rules ….. than start your own club.

    Trump and his ilk should be forced into the KKK Stormfront dot org rabbit hole where Patriotic Americans in the FBI can easily monitor their conversations from one single deplorable source.

    At this point it is my hope that the FBI is not simply monitoring these sedition insurrectionist social media accounts …. but also their phone calls and emails. Indictments and convictions need evidence and it’s the FBI’s job is to use all available tools to find and disable all threats to our country and Democracy.

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