A new report has put an end to speculation that President Donald Trump might resign in the wake of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by a mob of his supporters.
According to the Washington Examiner, “two senior administration sources” said the president isn’t even thinking about stepping down, despite calls from Democrats and even some Republicans for him to do so.
Asked if there were any discussions of resigning or any chance at all that Trump would make such a move, one source doubled down: “Zero,” he reportedly told the Examiner.
A riot at the Capitol
Calls for the president to step down come alongside allegations from many on the left that Trump incited the violence that took place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress was counting the votes to certify Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College, leaving destruction in their wake.
Five died amid the chaos, including one U.S. Capitol Police officer.
In a video statement posted the day after the riot, President Trump said he was “outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem,” and vowed that “those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction…will pay.” But that apparently wasn’t enough for lawmakers like Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who became the first Republican U.S. senator to call for Trump to resign on Friday.
“I want him out”
“I want him to resign. I want him out,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News. “He has caused enough damage. I think he should leave.”
According to ABC News, others to call for Trump’s resignation included former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal, a typically right-leaning publication. And of course, leading the charge has been none other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“Nearly fifty years ago, after years of enabling their rogue President, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues Friday, according to ABC. “Today, following the President’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office — immediately.
Pelosi also vowed that if Trump didn’t “leave office imminently and willingly,” her caucus would proceed with efforts to remove him by force, including via another impeachment, which House Democrats could move on as soon as Monday, according to reports.
At this point, it seems unlikely that such an effort would succeed, given the lack of support for it from the GOP at large and the fact that, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), a trial in the upper chamber couldn’t even begin until the last day of Trump’s term.
But will all that stop Dems from trying? I wouldn’t hold my breath.