Pelosi, Dems ramp up calls for Trump’s impeachment in wake of Capitol riot

Just two weeks before the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and fellow Democrats are again calling for his impeachment.

According to the Associated Press, Pelosi and company could move as soon as Monday on articles of impeachment against the president.

The news comes after a Democratic caucus call Friday in which the speaker said “we must take action” in the wake of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol Wednesday by pro-Trump rioters.

The unrest left at least five dead, including a Capitol police officer, the AP reported separately.

“An armed insurrection”

On Thursday, Pelosi said Trump had “incited an armed insurrection against America.” The breach of the Capitol building came immediately following a rally for the president, where he and a number of his top allies, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani, spoke.

It also came as lawmakers were meeting in a joint session to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College.

“The gleeful desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our nation’s history — instigated by the president,” Pelosi said, according to The Hill.

The speaker warned that if Vice President Mike Pence failed to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office, Dems would move forward on impeachment. “This is an urgency of the highest magnitude. While there are only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America,” she said, as The Hill reported.

An “unhinged president”

By Friday, reports indicated that Dems were ready to follow through.

“This unhinged president could not be more dangerous,” Pelosi said, according to the Associated Press. Her message was echoed by longtime Trump detractor and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA). “Every day that he remains in office, he is a danger to the Republic,” Schiff said, according to the AP.

Even some Republicans have said it’s time for Trump to go, as the AP notes. “I want him out,” GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) told reporters.

But after Democrats’ colossal failure attempting as much just a year ago — and with the clock quickly running out — their prospects at succeeding in removing the sitting president, at least before Inauguration Day, don’t seem to be looking all that bright.

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