Updated: Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
WASHINGTON — One American Indian currently serving in Congress is calling for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from the presidency after yesterday’s Capitol insurrection.
Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat who represents Kansas 3rd congressional district, released a statement Thursday morning, one day after the U.S. Capitol was stormed by Trump supporters.
With the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden set for Jan. 20, Davids issued the following statement calling on the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office:
“For the first time in history we have a President who should be impeached twice but because of the time constraints and inaction of Senate Republicans, I urge the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment now.
“We will have a new President on January 20, but we cannot trust Donald Trump to uphold his oath of office over the next 14 days. Our democracy, safety, and security is at stake.”
The riots caused much destruction to the U.S. Capitol building and led to the death of a California woman who was shot by Capitol Police. Three other deaths were tied to the chaotic demonstration, according to District of Columbia officials.
By Friday, some 200 members of Congress have asked that the President be removed.
Updated: Jan. 8, 2021
Rep. Davids on Friday released another statement, saying "The President must be removed from office."
Here is the statement released today:
I am profoundly grateful to everyone who checked in on me and my staff during the scary moments Wednesday afternoon. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and support.
Again, we are reminded that the democracy we have endeavored to protect is fragile. That's why we immediately got back to work to complete our constitutional duty of certifying Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.
The fact remains: as everyone in the Capitol was sheltering in place, the President did not decry the actions of these violent insurgents. In fact, he encouraged them.
We have 12 days left with Donald Trump as president – and yet, he has made it clear that we cannot trust him to stand by his oath. He has proven that he cannot defend and protect us. Our safety, our very democracy is at stake.
The President must be removed from office.
Davids, along with Rep. Deb Haaland, became the first two American Indian women to serve in Congress. Elected in November 2018, she is a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation and is serving her second term in Congress.
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