Donald Trump is directly held responsible for the riot at the Capitol. Members of his own government should now consider removing him. Social media are also taking action.
After the storming of the Capitol by militant supporters of the outgoing President Donald Trump, indignation about the right-wing populist grows: So much that even an immediate dismissal is in the room – even though Trump has now admitted his defeat to Joe Biden. Because he had incited his supporters, high-ranking members of his government have, according to consistent media reports, discussed a possible disempowerment of the president by his own cabinet. According to information from the US broadcasters CNN, CBS and ABC These considerations are said to have been based on an amendment to the US Constitution, which basically allows the cabinet to disempower the president.
As a prerequisite, the “25th Amendment” states that the President is “incapable” to exercise the duties and powers of his office. Criteria for this “inability” are not defined, generally physical or mental impairments are meant. CNN quoted anonymous Republican leaders as saying Trump was “out of control”.
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The elected president, whose departure from office is scheduled for January 20, had his supporters gathered in Washington by the thousands with a speech on Wednesday. In it he repeated his completely unsubstantiated charge of massive fraud in the presidential election on November 3rd and called for a march on the Capitol – the seat of Congress.
Later, supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol and rioted in the building for hours. Trump called for “peace” in a video message that was still broadcast during the riot. At the same time, he also said to his rampaging supporters: “We love you” – and renewed his election fraud allegations.
“You are something very special”: In this video, Donald Trump addressed his supporters after the storm on the Capitol, it was deleted from Facebook, and his account has now been blocked. (Source: t-online)
Trump urged his followers on Twitter to end the violent storming of the Capitol, but he still showed understanding for the riots in messages. For violating the guidelines of the platform was Trump’s Twitter account was then blocked for twelve hours. Facebook and YouTube took Trump’s video call to his followers from the network. A senior Facebook executive said it believed the inclusion was more likely to contribute to violence than it was to appease it. Facebook has also banned the president for 24 hours for two violations.
In order for Trump to be ousted by his own cabinet, his deputy Mike Pence would have to support the initiative. According to the constitutional amendment, the vice president must lead the cabinet vote to disempower the president.
Vice President Pence would have to play along
Pence was his loyal companion over Trump’s four-year tenure, but had recently distanced himself from him. So he condemned the riot in the Capitol and blocked himself against Trump’s demand, he should prevent the certification of the election result by Congress. By virtue of his office, Pence is also Chairman of the Senate.
In a letter to Pence, the Democrats in the House of Representatives also demanded the premature disempowerment of Trump by their own government. The elected president had incited an uproar and “tried to undermine our democracy,” wrote the democratic members of the judiciary committee. Trump is “mentally not healthy” and unable to “process and accept” the election result.
The procedure for the removal of the president provided for in the “25th Amendment” is complicated – if it actually got rolling, it might not be completed before Trump’s term in office ends anyway.
Because a mere cabinet decision is not enough for the permanent removal of the president. It is true that the president is removed from office immediately if the vice-president and cabinet submit a corresponding declaration in Congress. The president can then, however, certify his qualifications with a counter-declaration, which would immediately put him back in office.
In the next step, the vice-president and cabinet would again have to declare the president’s incapacity, which would lead to his renewed provisional removal from office. Congress would then have to vote on a possible final dismissal within 21 days. A two-thirds majority would then be required for this.