After pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol


Vice President Mike Pence urged to invoke 25th Amendment
Biden condemns insurrection against US
Trump promises orderly transition
Two Trump Cabinet members quit
Pr0-Trump mobs gather outside the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Pr0-Trump mobs gather outside the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

US: US President-elect Joe Biden launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump on Thursday and the top two Democrats in Congress called for his immediate removal from office over the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters.

Meanwhile, Two members of Donald Trump’s Cabinet resigned on Thursday with days left in the administration in protest over the storming of the Capitol by a mob of the President’s supporters.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Decretary Elaine Chao -- the only two women in Trump’s inner Cabinet -- both said they could no longer remain in office after the violent rampage on a ceremonial session of Congress that certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Biden, at an event introducing his nominee for Attorney General, declined to address the mounting demands for Trump’s removal but accused the outgoing Republican leader of an “all-out assault on the institutions of our democracy.”

“Yesterday, in my view, was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation,” said the 78-year-old Democrat, who is to be sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20.

“They weren’t protesters,” he said of the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol while a joint session of Congress was certifying Biden’s November 3 election victory. “They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.”

“I wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming but that isn’t true,” Biden said. “We could see it coming.”

“The past four years, we’ve had a President who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law clear in everything he has done,” he said.

Biden’s remarks came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows a majority of the cabinet to remove a president deemed unable to discharge his duties.

“This is an emergency of the highest magnitude,” Pelosi said, describing Trump as a “very dangerous person.”

“If the Vice President and the Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment,” Pelosi said. Schumer said Trump “should not hold office one day longer.”

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said it was time to “end this nightmare” and also called for invoking the 25th Amendment, which has only been used previously when a President has undergone a surgical procedure.

“The President is unfit,” Kinzinger said. “And the President is unwell.”

Invoking the amendment would make Pence President for the remaining two weeks the administration has in office.

Speaking to CNN, retired Marine Corps general John Kelly, who served as Trump’s Chief of Staff for 18 months, said the Cabinet should consider the 25th Amendment but “it’s only 13 more days.”

“He can give all the orders he wants but no one is going to break the law,” Kelly said.

Mick Mulvaney, the US special envoy to Northern Ireland and also a former White House Chief of Staff, also announced he was resigning and said he expected others to step down.

“I can’t stay here, not after yesterday,” Mulvaney told CNBC television.

In an angry, rambling speech outside the White House, Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and demanded that Pence, who ceremonially led the joint session of Congress, intervene to reverse their election defeat.Pence refused and he was ultimately the one who announced to lawmakers his and Trump’s loss to Biden and Kamala Harris, the incoming Vice President.Trump responded to Congress’s late night certification of Biden’s election win by pledging an “orderly transition” -- but once again refused to concede, repeating the unfounded allegations of election fraud that fueled the mob assault on Congress.“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said.

The chaos at the Capitol came as Biden enjoyed a new triumph with Democrats projected to win two Senate seats in runoffs in Georgia -- handing the party full control of Congress and dramatically increasing Biden’s ability to pass legislation and gain Senate confirmation of his nominees. - AFP