HRC, Lambda Legal Call for Trump’s “Immediate Removal” From Office

The president "bears responsibility for Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol," says HRC.

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.

“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.”

Lambda Legal, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) also made identical demands.

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.

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.”

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