MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Wednesday’s actions in Washington prompted a number of lawmakers to take steps to remove President Trump from office.
“It was clearly an act of domestic terrorism,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi. “You saw a group of thugs break into the United States Capitol on the House and Senate side. They stole artifacts. They stole mail. Just everything you can imagine.”
Thompson is describing the assault on the Capitol when a violent mob stormed the building and offices.
It prompted primarily Democrats along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, demanding President Donald Trump resign.
Many say Trump incited the riot in a speech Wednesday morning.
“The relevant portion of the 25th Amendment says the vice president and the majority of the cabinet decide that the president is unfit to continue his duties physically or mentally,” said Steve Mulroy, University of Memphis law professor and author. “And they can sign a letter to that effect. And make the vice president the acting president.”
Representative Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, signed that letter along with 20 other lawmakers, but he said he doesn’t expect much will come of it.
“It takes a majority of the cabinet to invoke it and most of the cabinet are second-string players that were hired by Trump, and most of them don’t have a whole lot of back bone or they wouldn’t have been hired,” said Cohen.
WMC Action News 5 political analyst Michael Nelson says there may not be time with less than two weeks left in the Trump presidency.
And Nelson says he doesn’t really believe lawmakers ever really thought the 25th Amendment would be invoked.
“I’ve just got to think it’s a venting of frustration other than a serious proposal to do anything that would bring Donald Trump’s tenure to a close before Jan. 20,” said Nelson.