Opinion: Vice President Pence, remove Trump now
January 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Frida Ghitis asks what more could it take for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment agains President Donald Trump? After years of fomenting division and violence, Trump's violent rhetoric has finally come to a head.
The entire world watched aghast as a mob of Trump supporters, whipped into a frenzy by the President's incitement, stormed the US Capitol, smashing windows, forcing a lockdown and bringing a temporary end to a constitutionally mandated affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the November election.
It's time for Vice President Mike Pence and the members of the Cabinet to pull the country back from the edge of abyss and remove Trump from office.
Trump has only a little less than two weeks left as president, but every day is a day he is harming the nation.
On the same day that Trump rallied his backers, turning them into a violent, law-breaking, destructive mob, Pence managed to stand up to the President publicly for the first time.
As part of his pre-emptive coup attempt, his effort to keep American citizens from having the president they chose, Trump had been pressuring Pence to reject the Electoral College vote that had confirmed Biden's victory.
Today, January 6, as dictated by the Constitution, was the day Pence was supposed to perform the duty of presiding over a joint session of Congress where both chambers would recount the Electoral College vote and declare Biden the winner.
In a letter released only hours before the session, while Trump was speaking to his supporters at a rally, Pence said, "My oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral vote should be counted and which should not. " He closed by noting that four years earlier he took the oath that ended with "So help me God," and ended his letter by doing the same.
He should organize the removal of Trump from power to stay the President's hand so the country can at least limit Trump's ability to cause even more injuries to the nation.