5 Ways Congress Must Proceed In The Wake Of Trump's Incitement Of The Attack On Capitol Hill
Wednesday's insurrection on Capitol Hill demonstrated how much of a threat President Trump is to the country, making the case for his removal from office.
January 07, 2021 at 11:09 pm
Wednesday's violence in Washington, D.C. has left Americans across the country shocked, saddened and outraged. As Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory – a usually uneventful procedure that was being prolonged by baseless objections from several Congressional Republicans – angry mobs supporting President Donald Trump approached and then stormed the Capitol in a violent coup attempt designed to prevent Biden’s victory from being certified. This insurrection forced a complete evacuation of the building and sparked violence that left at least four people dead.
This was not a spontaneous event. Trump had called on this crowd to march on the Capitol as the Electoral College votes were being counted, even as he also pressured his allies like Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results. Capitol Police allowed the invaders to have free access to the building and its offices, and some officers were even friendly with the vandals – a stark contrast with the way that Black Lives Matter protestors have been treated. Even after the violence erupted, Trump had a tepid and delayed response: a one-minute video in which he called on the rioters to go home but spent most of the message feeding into the conspiracy theories about a stolen election that fueled the violence in the first place.
“We love you; you’re very special,” Trump said to his rabid supporters in his video.
With Trump behaving in such a dangerous fashion, a number of options have been floated concerning what to do with the president during the last two weeks of his term.
Here are five ways Congress should proceed between now and January 20.