President Donald Trump has been impeached — the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice — following the violent D.C. riots, which happened on Wednesday, January 6.
On Wednesday, January 13, the House voted 232 to 197 to charge Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” They are also requesting that he be removed from office right away and want him to be disqualified from ever holding office again.
Ten Republicans voted to impeach Trump, including Liz Cheney, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Fred Upton and more.
During the speeches, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California made it clear that Trump must be removed immediately. “The president must be impeached and I believe the president must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together,” she said.
“He must go,” she added. “He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California said “the president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.”
“He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding,” he added.”
On January 6, pro-Trump supporters wreaked havoc on the Capitol, and as a result, five people died, including a police officer.
On January 12, while speaking with reporters, Trump — who is set to leave office on January 20 — insisted that he wants “absolutely no violence” — but the damage had already been done.
“And on the impeachment it's really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It's ridiculous. It's absolutely ridiculous,” he said.
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger and you're doing it and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing,” he added. “For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our country and it's causing tremendous anger. I want no violence.”