Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal called for Trump’s impeachment or removal from office by the 25th Amendment, whichever is faster. She was Reagan’s speechwriter. She is a voice of reason for the right wing. Prominent members of Trump’s administration resigned, including Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, and Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary.
South Carolinian Mick Mulvaney was Trump’s Chief of Staff. This week he resigned as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. He told CNBC’s “Squawk Box”: “I can’t stay here. Not after yesterday.”
Another former Chief of Staff John Kelly agreed. He would vote to remove Trump.
The 25th Amendment allows Pence and a majority of the cabinet to declare to congressional leaders that Mr. Trump “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” That would immediately strip Trump of the powers of his office and make Mr. Pence the acting president.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan agreed that “there’s no question that America would be better off if the president would resign or be removed from office.” Who could argue with him?Even ambitious future Presidential candidate Nikki Haley predicted that, “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was the first Republican congress member to call for Trump’s removal. Congress even circulated articles of impeachment. Many more have come forward. From both parties.
“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News.
Future Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer told reporters:
“I don’t care if you’re Democrat, Republican liberal, conservative, from the Northeast, South or West… if what happened yesterday doesn’t convince you that the president should be out of office now, then something is very wrong with your beliefs about democracy.”
“At this point, I won’t defend him anymore,” said Ari Fleischer, a GOP strategist who voted for Trump. “I won’t defend him for stirring the pot that incited the mob. He’s on his own.”