The Democratic Socialists of America released a statement on Wednesday backing the decision to push for removal of Trump and other Republican officials after the acts of terrorism that took place at the capitol on Tuesday. Many consider these acts a coup attempt by Pro-Trump protestors to stall the certification of the vote to elect Joe Biden as president, and DSA and a good majority of the Democratic Party agrees.
The first calls for Trump’s removal, though reported as Pelosi and Schumer, actually came first from Reps. Ilhan Omar and Cori Bush, as reported by the DSA statement.
“We must mobilize across the country to force our congresspeople to reconvene and advance the measures put forth by Representatives Cori Bush and Ilhan Omar: to remove Trump from office and expel the Republican legislators who instigated the violence,” the statement read.
Harper’s Bazaar also has the full story, including the timeline of tweets from The Squad, starting with Cori Bush, detailing how the progressives’ positioning evolved and what their demands are.
From there The top Democrats in Congress — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) — on Thursday did call for President Trump’s immediate removal from office.
“By inciting sedition as he did yesterday, he must be removed for office. While there’s only 13 days left, any day could be a horror show for America,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.
This push also comes alongside reports that Trump has been inquiring about pardoning himself, which if possible would create a dangerous new precedent for presidents to unilaterally declare they are above the law and to insulate themselves from being held accountable for any crimes they committed in office.
As reported by NYT, At least one Republican, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, followed Ms. Pelosi’s lead and told The Anchorage Daily News that she was considering leaving the Republican Party altogether because of Mr. Trump.
“I want him out,” she said. “He has caused enough damage.”
Many, including many in the DSA, find this sentiment odd in the sense that it feels long overdue. While Tuesday’s actions amount to acts of terror in the name of a fascist agenda, the multiracial working class has suffered at the hands of this system before Trump’s presidency and will continue even if impeachment is possible.
“The crisis of capitalism, exacerbated by the pandemic and the ongoing austerity measures imposed by Republicans and corporate Democrats alike, has continued to devastate our communities. The brunt of this has fallen disproportionately on Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, incarcerated people, immigrants, women, queer and trans people and the poor,” the DSA statement read.
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