Following Wednesday’s violent insurrection on the nation’s Capitol building by pro-Trump extremists, Brooklyn Congressional representatives are calling for the President’s removal from office.
Representative Yvette Clarke (NY-9) told BK Reader she had co-sponsored articles of impeachment and had called for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, “given the incendiary environment caused and exacerbated by President Trump.”
Clarke has also co-sponsored Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush’s resolution to investigate and expel the Republican members of Congress who incited the domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the results of the election.
A member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Clarke said the attack by an “insurgent group of domestic terrorists” made her concerned for her colleagues’ safety and the safety of the country’s democracy.
“We experienced the throes of a coup because President Trump refuses to accept the will of the American people,” she said. “President Trump encouraged this abhorrent behavior, choosing to issue dog whistles instead of the deliberate condemnation that would’ve been second nature to any of his predecessors.”
She said the events of this week and a myriad of other examples of his “inability to serve this nation as Commander in Chief” continued to cause great concern. “Congress must act immediately,” she said.
On Thursday night, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) called on Congress to impeach, convict and remove Trump from office immediately, saying the president posed a clear and present danger to the safety and security of the American people. “It is time to end this long national nightmare.”
On CNN, Jeffries said the decision was in the hands of the House and the Senate and it needed to be done in a bipartisan and bicameral way. He also said it was clear the police responded to the rioters differently to how they would have had they been Black Lives Matter protestors.
“One of the challenges that we continue to grapple with is the systemic racism that has been in the soil of America for approximately 401 years. And sometimes it manifests itself in different ways, whether that’s explicit or implicit,” he said. That differential treatment was one of the reasons the insurrection escalated and was so successful, he said.
Representative Nydia Velasquez (NY-7) is co-sponsoring a bill of impeachment introduced by Representative Ilhan Omar, and, in a statement Wednesday, Velazquez said it was long overdue to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Trump from office, adding “he is dangerously unhinged and unfit. Enough is Enough.”
She added: “To the Republicans who will tonight condemn this attack of domestic terror without realizing their role and complicity in fueling the flames of this president — save it. The American people deserve so much better than the gaslighting that has been propogated by President Trump and every Congressional Republican who stands by his coup to undermine a free and fair election.”
In a statement Thursday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump should not hold office one day longer and called for him to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment.
“The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the vice president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”