What do Trump supporters think of impeachment

After the riot in the US Capitol: Calls for Trump's impeachment

A growing number of lawmakers and government officials from both parties are calling for Donald Trump to be impeached after the riots in the US Capitol on Wednesday January 6th.

Both Democrats and Republicans are considering removing President Trump from office less than two weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Representatives from both parties fear that Trump could worsen the situation in the weeks leading up to Biden's inauguration, given his inflammatory language and failure to condemn the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

"It's better to get changes through the ballot box than through the 25th Amendment or impeachment, but yesterday was a moment when people thought 'you have to draw a line somewhere,'" said Deputy Sudha David-Wilp Director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund, opposite EURACTIV Germany.

Many high-ranking politicians blamed the president for the riots. Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney, speaking in the Senate after the riot, said the "insurrection" was the result of "the hurt pride of a selfish man and the indignation of supporters whom he deliberately misinformed . "

David-Wilp also sees responsibility in the Republican Party. “Trump certainly has the responsibility. He clearly instigated it, but the Republicans went along with it. The dozen senators and half of Republican MPs who challenged the certification process in Congress are also complicit, "she said.

Trump supporters storm US Capitol: 4 dead, Biden election confirmed

The US House of Representatives and the Senate had to stop the confirmation of the presidential election for the time being after a mob of several armed people stormed the Capitol. The escalation in Washington left four dead. Both chambers have since confirmed Biden’s election victory.

At a rally in Washington, DC on Wednesday (January 6) before the riot at the US Capitol, President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to fight for him, saying, "We will never retake our country with weakness." He had previously tweeted that January 6th would be “wild”.

Since losing the presidential election in November, President Trump has repeatedly agitated his supporters with conspiracy theories. According to Trump, he was cheated in the election in the so-called swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania. These false claims have long been refuted. His attorneys were unable to show evidence of the fraud in court and lost all of the tough lawsuits attempted to invalidate votes for Joe Biden.

On Wednesday (January 6) after a mob of supporters stormed and ravaged the US Capitol Building, Trump repeated his lies about the stolen election before telling the rioters to "go home" and that "we love you guys." ".

Clear the way for Biden - Democrats win Congress majority

In the chaos surrounding the storming of the Capitol in Washington, it almost went under on Wednesday evening that the future President Joe Biden was able to celebrate an important success.
The news came from Atlanta, about 1,000 kilometers further south, that Biden's Democrats ...

Two weeks until the inauguration

Despite the delays, the MPs were finally able to get back together and confirm the election of Joe Biden in the early hours of Thursday (January 7th), clearing the way for the inauguration on January 20th. Still, many people are concerned about what the president could do in the coming weeks.

Shortly after the Capitol was secured by police, progressive Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced her intention to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president. She tweeted: "We can't let him stay in office, it's about preserving our republic and we have to keep 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

The so-called impeachment process would initiate a possible impeachment of the president by Congress. He can then be charged and convicted of "high treason, bribery or other high crimes and offenses". The House of Representatives first votes on the indictment, a simple majority is enough to initiate the impeachment process in the Senate as well.

Should the MPs vote for impeachment, which is likely given the democratic control of the House of Representatives, the "managers" of the House of Representatives will try the case before the Senate. Here the senators will appear as a jury member in a trial. If the Senate approves with a two-thirds majority, the President is removed from office and may never again hold an elected office. To date, none of the three presidents indicted by the House of Representatives have been removed from office by the Senate.

In contrast to earlier calls for Donald Trump's impeachment, the current demands for impeachment are not only being borne by left-wing Democrats. In addition to hundreds of Democratic legislators, Republicans have now also spoken out in favor of Trump's removal from the White House.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott has called for Trump to step down or be removed from office. The Republican columnist of the New York Times, Bret Stephens, wrote in a guest post: "Allowing Trump to end his term, however short, threatens the security of the nation."

In addition, dicussions are getting louder through another avenue to remove a president from office - the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution. The addition, ratified in 1967, basically states that the Vice-President takes over the President's duties when the President is no longer able to serve. However, the last section outlines a method by which the Vice-President and a majority of the Cabinet can remove the President if he or she is "unable to perform the powers and duties of his office." This provision has never been used made.

While initial reports merely indicated that the discussion was already taking place in government circles, CNN has reported that there are growing numbers of Republican party leaders and cabinet members who want the president removed from office. CNN did not name the Republicans, however.

Activating the 25th additional article is still difficult, according to David-Wilp, and impeachment proceedings are more likely: “Impeachment is possible. It's been done before ... it could get through in the House of Representatives. "She admits it will be harder to get through in the Senate, but believes that, given yesterday's events, Democrats" may be able to approve moderate Republicans persuade".

Promise of an "orderly transition"

Amid these calls by high-ranking state officials for the president to be removed or resigned, Trump issued a statement promising an "orderly transition" through spokesman Dan Scavino. However, he still refuses to admit the election defeat.

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Electoral Certification:

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our ...

- Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021

The President's statements are therefore viewed with skepticism. Serious doubts remain as to whether they will calm the turmoil in the country in the coming days and weeks. “President-elect Biden will be challenged enormously when it comes to lowering the temperature. I believe there will be an orderly transfer of power, but that doesn't mean there won't be any incidents along the way, ”said David-Wilp.