Several major LGBTQ+ organizations in the U.S. are calling for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday in an attempt by his supporters to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden.
The Human Rights Campaign announced its support for the formal and immediate removal of President Trump from office, whether that be through the invocation of the 25th Amendment or through impeachment and conviction. HRC President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
The Human Rights Campaign urgently calls for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office. 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.
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.
The United States of America is a nation of laws, built upon the Constitutional promise that no one is beyond accountability — especially those elected to serve the American public. 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.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment allows for the Vice President and a majority of Cabinet members to declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of their office in a written declaration. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
If Vice President Pence were to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, he would “immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President”. Trump would remain in office, but divested of all authority.
Additionally, out Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island tweeted that he was circulating Articles of Impeachment, along with fellow Representatives Ted Lieu and Jamie Raskin.
NEW: I am circulating Articles of Impeachment that @RepTedLieu, @RepRaskin and I have prepared to remove the President from office following yesterday's attack on the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/b92GL9Ap33— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 7, 2021
In response to the violence, Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings has issued the following statement:
At the core of our work at Lambda Legal is the belief that the United States is a nation committed to the rule of law. Today’s unprecedented events are a betrayal of that fundamental American commitment, and any pretense to “patriotism” on the part of those who committed today’s acts of desecration of the temple of democracy that is our Capitol building are blasphemous. Our democratic processes must be defended, and we call upon our leaders to utilize any and all processes available to them, including the 25th Amendment, to ensure an orderly transition of power in accordance with the will of the American people as expressed freely at the ballot box in November.
In a statement, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force and National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, said “Donald Trump has been, continues to be, and will remain a threat to democracy, the U.S. Constitution, and human life every day he remains in office”. :
The National LGBTQ Task Force and National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund call for the immediate removal of Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment.
We condemn the violence in Washington, DC, and in communities across the country that has been incited by today’s attack on the Capitol building. We are better than this. To move forward, we must begin by making the strongest statement possible and remove Trump from office using the power of the 25th Amendment.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights joined the call for removal and impeachment of the president, in a statement from NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon:
Given the gravity of the President’s role in inciting yesterday’s violent attack on our nation’s Capitol, we urge immediate action both to remove President Trump pursuant to the 25th Amendment and to initiate impeachment proceedings to ensure that he is held accountable for his seditious actions and can never again hold elected public office.
President Trump’s actions yesterday to incite violence and encourage a coup were traitorous, unethical, and anti-American. He is unfit to lead and his abuse of the office of President of the United States has put everyone in this country at risk. We urge Vice-President Pence, the Cabinet, and members of Congress to exercise their Constitutional responsibilities to take immediate action to remove President Trump from office and to hold him accountable for his criminal and treasonous conduct.