CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on Congress to impeach and remove President Donald Trump after hundreds of rioters stormed the United States Capitol Wednesday.
“I don’t make a statement like this lightly,” Pritzker said. “Two weeks is too long for Donald Trump to remain in office, where he can continue to incite more untold violence.”
Donald Trump vacates the White House Jan. 20, the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president. First, the president-elect’s 306 electoral votes must be certified. Congress was in the process of doing just that Wednesday afternoon when a large crowd of Trump supporters breached the Capitol with hopes of stopping the proceedings.
Pritzker joins Democrats and Republicans in blaming Trump’s recent speeches for Wednesday’s unrest that resulted in the shooting death of a woman inside the Capitol.
“Because of today’s events incited by the President, I had to ask the Illinois State Police and other law enforcement resources, engaged in important life-saving missions, to redeploy to heighten their presence at government buildings and the Capitol in Springfield,” Pritzker wrote in a statement, adding that state resources are needed to help oversee the state’s massive COVID-19 vaccination effort.
“As the heart of our democracy was under siege and blood was literally being spilled in our most sacred halls, Donald Trump was praising the attackers,” the governor said. “There are real questions about what efforts the President made to protect our Congress or what obstructions he committed that has prevented the ending of the siege.”
Saying Trump poses a danger to the nation, Pritzker called out every person in a position of public trust, elected or otherwise, who “enabled the systematic dismantling of our democratic norms, failing to speak up or take action bears some responsibility” for Wednesday’s events.
“This violence is the natural conclusion of Donald Trump’s efforts to unleash the forces of hate and divide our nation,” Pritzker said. “It must end.”
Trump addressed the situation Wednesday night, saying, “We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”