WASHINGTON — Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger is urging President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office.
“Yesterday was a sad day as we all know,” the Republican said in a video posted on his Twitter. It was the day where fire stoked by the president and other leaders finally leapt out of the pit and it lit the trees. Thankfully, the strength of our Constitution and democracy held and we emerged today a little battered but resolved.”
Kinzinger called Wednesday’s events in Washington where hundreds of Trump supporters crashed their way into the Capitol both a wake-up call and a call to accountability.
“In the past few presidencies, the administrations have been so concerned about even a moment of weakness that the 25th amendment was invoked during minor surgeries, passing the duties to the vice president while the president was under anesthesia because even for that moment, to have the captain of the ship absent could cause a major catastrophe,” the congressman said. “Sadly, yesterday, it became evident that not only has the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people’s house, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw here.”
Kinzinger and others calling for Trump’s immediate ouster point to speeches he made ahead of Wednesday, calling on his supporters to show up at the Capitol to protest the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s 306 electoral votes. The building was breached at around 1 p.m., as rioters stormed passed police, attempting to gain access to congressional chambers. Four people died, including a woman who was shot by Capitol Police in a hallway.
Trump was silent as the events unfolded but addressed his supporters Wednesday night, telling them he loved them and that they are “very special.”
“When pressed to move and denounce the violence, he barely did so, while, of course, victimizing himself and seeming to give a wink and a nod to those doing it,” Kinzinger said. “All indications are that the president has become unmoored, not just from his duty, or even his oath, but from reality itself. It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people, and that we have a sane captain of the ship.”
Under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment the president may be replaced by the vice president if the vice president and majority of the Cabinet agree he is unfit for office.
“It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare,” Kinzinger said. “We will arise from this, but we cannot forget what led us here. The liars and conspiracy authors are already at it again this morning with false narratives about yesterday’s disaster. Here’s the truth: the president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president must now relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily. God bless you. God bless our enduring democracy.”
In previous tweets about Wednesday’s riot, Kinzinger said Trump is unmoored from reality and that his presidential legacy is a disaster.
It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked. My statement: pic.twitter.com/yVyQrYcjuD
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 7, 2021