Although there are still Republicans who think they have some argument against removing Trump from office after he sent armed insurrectionists to take over the Capitol Building and then refused to answer calls to send the National Guard in while members of Congress, including Trump’s own vice president, were sheltered with their lives in danger. 240 lawmakers have, at this time, called on Trump to resign, but only a handful in t
BREAKING: Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski tells Alaska newspaper President Trump should resign, saying, "I want him out." Find updates here: https://t.co/6p00np7GCL
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 8, 2021
The Alaska Republican tells the Anchorage Daily News that she wants Trump to resign after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing a lockdown. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.
Murkowski said in a telephone interview Friday: “I want him out. He has caused enough damage.” She also questioned whether she wanted to remain a Republican.
With Alaska's new Top 4 primary system, Murkowski has little electoral incentive to remain a Republican. It wouldn't surprise me if Democrats wind up with a 51-person caucus including 3 independents (King, Bernie, Murkowski). 👀 https://t.co/QwCSvHqC6B
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) January 8, 2021
“If the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
She adds, “He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”
Dems and a few Rs are now pointing to next week for a Trump impeachment. Warning: Do not run out the clock. If Trump gets away with what he's done, it sets a hugely dangerous precedent for any future demagogue (including, possibly, Trump).
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 8, 2021
Pelosi and other lawmakers have pressured Trump to step down after Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that lawmakers in both parties said was incited by Trump. Asked what he’d tell lawmakers about Pelosi’s push for impeachment, Biden responded, “I’d tell them that’s a decision for the Congress to make. I’m focused on my job.”
— The Hill (@thehill) January 8, 2021