UPDATED 1/6, 9:40 p.m.: In addition to Ilhan Omar drawing up articles of impeachment against Trump, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) introduced legislation that called on Republican congresspersons who have supported Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud to be investigated and potentially removed from office for their actions in inciting violence and undermining democracy.
I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. They have broken their sacred Oath of Office.
I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion. pic.twitter.com/JMTlQ4IfnR
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) January 6, 2021
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United States Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced she is drawing up Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump, who is set to leave office in 14 days.
"I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment. Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate," Omar tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath."
I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment.
Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate.
We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
Rest assured, this day will not end without us finishing the work Congress is supposed to carry out.
We will not let our Constitution be trampled on by a mob and threaten by a tyrant.
Democracy will prevail.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
The announcement came amid violence at the U.S. Capitol, where thousands of Trump supporters succesfully breached the building as part of a "Stop the Steal" rally. The right-wing campaign promotes the baseless conspiracy theory that Democrats "stole" the 2020 presidential election from President Trump. POTUS has fueled the movement by repeatedly spewing allegations of voter fraud.
Video showed a mob of Trump supporters forcefully entering the Capitol, where Congress members were set to certify Joe Biden's Electoral College win. Authorities placed the building on lockdown and reportedly evacuated lawmakers.
I am safe, but heartbroken about what we are enduring at our nation’s Capitol.
Running for our lives as Members of Congress in the United States is really devastating and totally shocking. https://t.co/7pAeikE9TQ
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2021
Trump shared a video message to his supporters shortly after the building was stormed, urging them to "go home" while also reiterating his claims of election fraud.
"I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us," Trump said in the video. "But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt ... We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s death involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore." The video has since been removed by Twitter for violating the company's rules.
A number of lawmakers have accused Trump of inciting the riots in Washington, D.C., pointing to his divisive rhetoric and his debunked claims about a "stolen election." Rep. Mondair Jones (D-NY) was among these critics and has echoed Omar's calls for impeachment.
Donald Trump has incited violence against the legislative branch of the United States Government and must be impeached again.
— Rep. Mondaire Jones (@RepJones) January 6, 2021
Domestic terrorists are destroying the US Capitol while waving American flags.
This is an attempted coup encouraged by the President.
This is one of the darkest days in American history.
— Rep. Malcolm ‘Wear A Mask’ Kenyatta (@malcolmkenyatta) January 6, 2021
The U.S. Capitol is on lockdown, I am safe. But I cannot believe that it has gotten to this point, my heart breaks for our country today. Trump has enabled this behavior by peddling conspiracies and lies and incited violence. Every one of my Republican colleagues must condemn it.
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 6, 2021
Business leaders have also called for Trump to be immediately removed from office to ensure democracy is preserved. Jay Timmons, the CEO/president of the National Association of Manufacturers, released a statement Wednesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to assist in the effort.
"This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous," Timmons wrote. "This is sedition and should be treated as such. The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit. Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy ... We are trying to rebuild an economy and save and rebuild lives. But none of that will matter if our leaders refuse to fend off this attack on America and our democracy—because our very system of government, which underpins our very way of life, will crumble."
First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, who was previously White House communications director and press secretary, resigned from her position following the incident at the Capitol.
FLOTUS chief of staff and former press sec Stephanie Grisham has submitted her resignation, @KateBennett_DC reporting.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 7, 2021
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta also resigned.
WH resignations growing. They include:
-Stephanie Grisham, First Lady’s chief of staff
-Rickie Niceta, WH Social Secretary
-Sara Matthews, WH Deputy Press Secretary
Others reportedly considering resigning:
-Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser
-Matt Pottinger, deputy NSA
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 7, 2021
You can read reactions to Omar's calls for impeachment below.
— Omar El-Halwagi (@Omar_ElHalwagi) January 6, 2021
@IlhanMN Thank you, Rep. Omar. First, when the House reconvenes, finish the work of approving the Electoral College certifications. It should be unanimous in both chambers. Then move to impeach the president for high crimes.
Signed, one of your constituents in MN-5th CD. https://t.co/CpCDOPsMWs
— Jim Oberly (@JimOberly) January 6, 2021
If the GOP doesn't impeach, again, we can at least make them put their names on the record being okay with this... thank you Congresswoman Omar. Always for the people. We love ya.
— Richard Olsen (@Plutaneous) January 6, 2021
Thank you. It's been four years of "urgent warnings" and "sounding the alarms," and yet nothing actually ever happens. No one is held accountable. They get away with everything.
Enough with the warnings. What are we actually going to DO about it?
— BRANDCORP (@brandon_r_horan) January 6, 2021
As one of your constituents in Minneapolis, you have my full support. Remove the President immediately.
— RM (@XRufio) January 6, 2021
You know it's bad when we can't wait 2 weeks to end this shit
— Kelly (@glittersparrkle) January 6, 2021
Need to impeach every senator and house member who fanned the flames of this also.
— Robert Price (@Tearraven) January 6, 2021
.@Mike_Pence, you've always wanted to be President. It would appear that now is your chance. Invoke Article 25 and get Congress to identify "a body whose majority" would support you and put an end to this.
— Mask-iakos (@peter_masiakos) January 6, 2021
If Republicans had any love of country left, they’d use the 25th amendment before Ilhan’s ink could dry. It needs to come from them & it would prevent any more pardons. Then impeach & impose the sanction he can never return to office. This is warranted based on what’s happened. https://t.co/L5VWMKYgBr
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 6, 2021
— Libby (MASK UP FFS!) Hogue 🇺🇸 🇲🇽 (@LibbyAHogue) January 6, 2021
Do it! Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. He must be removed immediately, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! 🇺🇸
— George Casales 🇺🇸 (@casalesj) January 6, 2021