In the wake of yesterday’s insurrection at the Capitol, some of the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy groups are calling for President Donald Trump’s “immediate removal” from office.
Although the Trump administration has steadily chipped away at LGBTQ protections and freedoms over the past four years, the president’s use of social media to incite violence was a final straw for many. Twenty-four hours after pro-Trump rioters violently stormed the Capitol in defiance of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win, Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), released a statement “urgently calling” for Trump to be ousted now, either through an invocation of the 25th Amendment or impeachment and conviction.
Whether it be through the invocation of the 25th Amendment or through impeachment and conviction, we urgently call for the immediate removal of Donald Trump from office. He bears responsibility for Wednesday's insurrection at the Capitol and attempted coup of our government.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 7, 2021
“President Trump bears responsibility for Wednesday’s insurrection at the United States Capitol and the attempted coup of our government in which four people died,” David said. “In the months since the free and fair presidential election, President Trump has advanced knowingly false claims to undermine and overturn the election results, a shameful violation of his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States and an interference with the peaceful transfer of power. … If the Cabinet and Vice President do not immediately invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office, then the U.S. Congress should quickly impeach and convict him to preserve our institutions of government and protect the American people.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, announced today that the president would be banned from Facebook and Instagram “at least” until his term ends, and Twitter locked his account for inciting violence and spreading misinformation. However, Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD believes this isn’t enough. On Twitter, Ellis demanded that Trump be banned permanently from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
For the safety of our country and democracy, this @Facebook @Instagram ban needs to be permanent.
As the global LGBTQ media advocacy organization, GLAAD is calling on @jack @Twitter to also ban President Trump permanently before he puts more people in danger. https://t.co/8YCHawPkPj
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) January 7, 2021
Rashad Robinson of Color of Change agreed, tweeting, “We’ve been calling for this since 2017 and now @Twitter must follow through. This shows why we need structural reform and accountability for tech platforms. @Facebook, @YouTube, other platforms, are you finally ready to step up and remove Trump? He doesn’t deserve another chance.”
At the time of writing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked — and promised that if it doesn’t happen, Congress “may be prepared to move forward with impeachment.”