Seven outraged New York members of Congress, joined Saturday by Mayor de Blasio, demanded the removal of President Trump from the White House by any means necessary.
Whether Trump resigns, is banished under the 25th Amendment or faces impeachment, the president should not complete the waning days of his one and only term after inciting his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in an unprecedented assault, the politicians said.
“He must be impeached, convicted, thrown out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, standing on the steps of City Hall. “And forever banished to the dust bin of history.”
Jeffries was accompanied by fellow U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velazquez, Gregory Meeks, Andriano Espaillat, Tom Suozzi and Jamaal Bowman in demanding Trump’s Oval Office removal as soon as possible.
One rioter and one Capitol Police officer were killed in the violence, while three other pro-Trump protesters also died as the administration reached its nadir.
“America was attacked by a mob of domestic terrorists incited by a sitting U.S. president,” said Velazquez. “Imagine that for a moment. The president of the United States of America instigated a mob to go on a coup d’état.”
Suozzi noted impeachment would prevent Trump from pardoning the rioters arrested in the deadly Wednesday rampage, and called on Congress to demand Trump’s resignation as another option.
“What if Donald Trump was again to call on his rabid supporters to come back again to Washington, D.C.?” asked Suozzi. “He is a clear and present danger. We need to be prepared, not scared ... We must hold Donald Trump accountable and protect ourselves over the next 11 days.”
Trump — banished permanently from Twitter — has yet to publicly address the violence and trespassing that followed his call for attendees of his “Stop The Steal” rally to march on the Capitol as the nation’s legislators considered his claim of a fixed election.
Mayor de Blasio, host of the unified call for one-time Manhattanite Trump’s ouster from the White House, added his voice to those denouncing Trump’s role in the horrific Washington uprising.
“Look around you, everyone,” he said. “These members of Congress who serve us, their lives were in danger that day. Everyone was put in danger that day because of a rebellion that was somehow tolerated, that was aided and abetted by Donald Trump, created by Donald Trump and (GOP Senator) Josh Hawley.”
Maloney, a member of Congress since 1993, said she was still in shock over the rampage through the halls of the Capitol.
“But what’s more shocking is that the President of the United States instigated, led, abetted, was part of this insurrection,” she said.