Cori Bush Introduces Legislation To Remove Republican Lawmakers Who Supported Terror Attack On Capitol Hill
Multiple House Republicans spoke and attended the rally that preceded the terror attack on Capitol Hill.
January 08, 2021 at 6:45 pm
Leading House members, like Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), spoke at the rally before the attendees armed with multiple pipe bombs and guns stormed the Capitol Building, and killed at least one Capitol Police officer.
"I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences," Bush wrote on Twitter. "They have broken their sacred Oath of Office. I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion."
I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. They have broken their sacred Oath of Office.
I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion. pic.twitter.com/JMTlQ4IfnR
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) January 6, 2021
"This coup attempt is white supremacy in action. The Republican members who incited the attack on our U.S. Capitol by working to overturn the results of this election must be expelled from Congress," she later wrote on Twitter.
"Every day the President remains in office is a grave threat to the viability of our very democracy. He must be removed from office immediately — either through the 25th Amendment or impeachment. The GOP members who incited the attempted white supremacist coup must be removed too," she added.
Due to the overwhelmingly negative public opinion of the terror attack, many of the Republicans involved in the rally struck a very different tone on Thursday, condemning the rioters and denouncing the violence seen on Capitol Hill.
The shift, even from President Donald Trump himself, comes as nations across the world, and even other Republicans, criticized the speakers at the rally that preceded the attack. Many of the speakers, including Trump, continued to spread unfounded conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and pushed their supporters to keep "fighting."
Trump urged attendees of the event to march to Capitol Hill and protest Congressional efforts to certify the presidential election. Thousands did, eventually overtaking Capitol Hill Police and barging into the U.S. Capitol, shattering windows, attacking officers and destroying the building.
Five people, including Capitol Hill officer Brian Sicknick, died in the terror attack, according to The New York Times. There is also now video evidence that some of the attackers had police zip ties and likely intended to take prominent members of Congress hostage.
Many national and even local news outlets have called for members of Congress in both the House and Senate to resign in light of the death and destruction Republicans fomented with the outright lies told at the rally.
If impeached, Trump would be the first president in the country's history to be impeached twice. Even The Wall Street Journal, which has largely supported the president throughout his four years in office, called for him to step down after his actions on Wednesday.
The New York Times reported that Trump is considering pardoning himself before he leaves office because White House legal advisers told him he may be legally culpable for what happened on Wednesday. The Department of Justice has said it will not rule out potential charges against Trump for his role in inciting the terror attack, according to The New York Times.
On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not hold back in her criticism of the president and Republicans, outright calling their actions a Russia-supported effort to destroy the country.
"A complete tool of Putin, this president is. Putin's goal was to diminish the view of democracy in the world. That's what he has been about. And again, his enabler has been Donald Trump for a long time," she said.
Speaker Pelosi: "A complete tool of Putin, this President is. Putin's goal was to diminish the view of democracy in the world. That's what he has been about. And again, his enabler has been Donald Trump for a long time." pic.twitter.com/7GrP5M4oaP
— The Hill (@thehill) January 8, 2021
CNN and Mother Jones reported that Pelosi was angrier than most members of the House about what happened and seemed fully invested in going through with impeachment, even as some House members said they should simply wait Trump out.
President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.