The violence that punctuated the debates for the certification of Biden’s victory on Capitol Hill was a major blow to American democracy. Republican President Donald Trump even said he was “outraged by the violence” deployed by his supporters, who invaded the headquarters of Congress on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. But his calls for “appeasement” and “reconciliation” did not overwhelm the Democratic camp. Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer believe that Donald Trump should be removed as soon as possible.
President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday called on his supporters to challenge the results of the November 2020 presidential election, said he was “outraged” by the violence his supporters stormed the Capitol. “We just had an intense election and emotions are high,” but “we need to calm down,” he said, adding, “To those who have committed acts of violence or destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
In a speech that is intended to bring people together, the US President calls for “reconciliation”. “Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be sworn in on January 20. I will now focus on an orderly and seamless transition of power,” said Donald Trump, who said, “it is time for peace and reconciliation.”
However, this pacifist attitude hardly moves some members of the Democratic Party who believe that Donald Trump is a time bomb. “Every day he comes to power can turn into a horror show,” worries House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who believes that removing President Trump is “an urgent matter of the utmost importance.” “The President of the United States has unleashed an armed insurrection against America. Together with the Leader of the Democrats in the Senate, we call on the Deputy Speaker and the government to invoke the 25th amendment to remove this Speaker,” she said.
His colleague in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, speaks with one voice, saying, “What happened on the Capitol was an insurgency against the United States, prompted by the President”. The leader of the Senate Democrats adds that Donald Trump “cannot stay in power one more day.”
However, the appeal of the two elected officials is likely to fail. Indeed, it is a question of time. The process initiated with the invocation of the 25th amendment may not only take time but may also give Donald Trump the opportunity to challenge it. As for impeachment, the latter has only 12 days left before proceeding with the transition of power with Joe Biden while a impeachment trial lasts in principle months.
Less than the impeachment of Donald Trump, the Democrats want above all to push the Republicans and Donald Trump’s collaborators to take a stand and publicly disavow their leader.
Joe Biden did not wish to vote on the 25th amendment. The elected president would prefer to wait, according to his advisors, for the transition to take place on January 20, 2021. This, especially since Donald Trump is increasingly isolated even in his own camp.