In the aftermath of the deeply shocking and controversial siege of the US Capitol by pro-Trump protesters which left four people dead, the President has found himself the subject of condemnation from both old foes and once-friends. Several of his officials have stepped down, including Elaine Chao, Mick Mulvaney, and Stephanie Grisham.
Republican objections to Biden’s certification proved futile, and the President-elect received all electoral votes he won, much to Trump’s frustration. The President continues to repeat unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud, but promised a “peaceful transition of power.” His promise has left detractors unsatisfied.
Several members of Congress have called for the invocation of the 25th amendment, which could see Trump removed from office prior to the end of his presidential term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Trump is “a very dangerous person who should not continue in office.” Speaking on his potential removal, she said, “this is urgent. This is emergency of the highest magnitude. While there’s only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America.”
Pelosi is far from the only representative interested in removing Trump. She further said, “My members are very much interested. My phone is exploding with ‘impeach, impeach, impeach’. I don’t have immediate plans. We haven’t even been to sleep since the folly of the Republicans deciding we should go until four in the morning for no purpose whatsoever except to be enablers of the President’s sedition.”
Meanwhile, President-elect Biden called the 6th of January “one of the darkest days” in American history. He further added, “The last four years we’ve had a president who made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, our rule of law, clear. He unleashed an all-out assault on the institutions of our democracy from the outset.”
Trump has also lost the ability to further rile up his supporter base as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have all reduced his posting privileges. Facebook has banned him for at least two weeks, until such time as Biden is sworn in. Justifying this course of action, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”