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Three Republican governors who have been vocal critics of President Donald Trump are calling for his removal from office Thursday, citing the riots at the U.S. Capitol this week.
Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott was the first to issue the call on Wednesday.
“Make no mistake, the President of the United States is responsible for this event. President Trump has orchestrated a campaign to cause an insurrection that overturns the results of a free, fair and legal election,” Scott said in a tweet.
“There is no doubt that the President’s delusion, fabrication, self-interest, and ego have led us – step by step – to this very low, and very dangerous, moment in American history,” he added. “Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.”
The fabric of our democracy and the principles of our republic are under attack by the President.
Enough is enough.
President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress. 6/6
— Governor Phil Scott (@GovPhilScott) January 6, 2021
Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan also called for Trump’s removal or resignation.
“I think there’s no question that America would be better off if the president would resign or be removed from office and if Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, would conduct a peaceful transition of power over the next 13 days until President [Joe] Biden is sworn in,” he said.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, meanwhile, said that “people should pursue whatever they believe will make it possible — through the most expeditious way possible — for the president to step down and for the vice president to assume the powers of the office for the next 14 days so that an orderly transition can take place.”
“I think it’s important at this point that there be an orderly transition and that that transition is led by the vice president,” Baker added.
The riots have resulted in both sides of the political aisle speaking out.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama chastised President Donald Trump, saying the riots were a “fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump or the U.S. House of Representatives will seek impeachment.
South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Joe Biden is the “legitimate President of the United States” and that no one has provided any evidence of wrongdoing in the Nov. 3 election.
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren didn’t mince her words when condemning the rioters on Capitol Hill.
Lahren said she was also angry that President Trump lost in a “fraudulent election,” but said it was even more disappointing to see Trump supporters show a “total disregard for the rule of law.”