Congress certified Democrat Joe Biden’s election as the 46th president of the United States on Thursday after a mob of supporters whipped up by President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in a shocking assault on the heart of American democracy.
Although Trump has less than two weeks left in the White House, there were mounting calls in Washington for his resignation, impeachment or removal of an “unfit” president from office through a rarely used amendment to the Constitution.
Trump responded to Congress’ certification by pledging an “orderly transition” — but once again refused to concede, repeating the unfounded allegations of election fraud seen as having incited the mob assault in Washington.
“(Vice President Mike) Pence and the Trump cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment to save our country from this dangerous president,” tweeted Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said impeachment was unlikely at this late date but the 25th Amendment would be on the table.
“They better be ready to do that if this continues because you cannot have a president leading insurrection against our own country’s government,” Klobuchar told “CBS This Morning.”
In an angry, rambling speech outside the White House before the violence, Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and demanded that Pence, who ceremonially led the session, intervene to reverse their defeat.