The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has called on Vice President Mike Pence to “seriously consider” removing President Donald Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, the Washington Examiner reports.
The manufacturing group’s demand came after Americans were stunned to see Wednesday pro-Trump rioters breach the Capitol grounds and infiltrate the Capitol building, eventually making their ways to the Senate and House floors, following a rally for the president in Washington earlier that day.
It all transpired as lawmakers were in the midst of proceedings to certify the Electoral College votes.
The NAM apparently believes Trump is at least partly at fault for Wednesday’s violence. According to the Examiner, the group’s president, Jay Timmons, released a statement accusing the president of inciting violence “in an attempt to retain power.”
“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,” he said, as the Examiner reported.
“Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit,” Timmons added. “Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.”
Such a move would require the support of both Pence and a majority of the president’s Cabinet. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
According to The New York Times, Pence is said to be opposed to the idea.
An “orderly transition”
But Timmons and his NAM aren’t the only ones calling for Trump to be ripped from office less than two weeks before Inauguration Day.
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) released a statement Wednesday saying she is “drawing up articles of impeachment” to bring against the president, Breitbart reported.
According to NBC News, more than 100 other lawmakers have also come out in favor of Trump’s removal.
Both President Trump and Vice President Pence have condemned the Wednesday violence, and the president released a statement after Congress certified Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 race early Thursday promising an “orderly transition” to the new administration.