In the wake of the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that outgoing President Donald Trump incited last Wednesday, putting the lives of members of Congress in serious danger, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is insisting on the invocation of the 25th Amendment to put Trump immediately out of power. That amendment allows for the vice president and a majority of the president’s Cabinet members to formally certify that the president isn’t capable of effectively carrying out his duties, thereby transferring presidential powers to the vice president. As an alternative, during an appearance on ABC’s This Week over the weekend, Kinzinger called for the president’s immediate resignation.
Although Trump has since made a show of trying to distance himself from the Capitol rioters, his initial incitement was clear and obvious. In the immediate aftermath of the events, he openly justified what happened, writing on Twitter via his since-banned account that “these are the things and events that happen” when a “sacred landslide” election victory is stolen, which is, of course, not what happened. Trump’s supposed rightful election victory wasn’t stolen — he lost.
Kinzinger characterized last Wednesday’s events as “an executive branch attack on the legislative branch” and “one of the worst days in American history.” Rioters put up an apparently functional gallows outside of the Capitol building, and a news photographer who was on the scene said that he heard multiple individuals talking about wanting to hang Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the building when the rioters broke in.
Reuters photographer who was on the scene Wednesday said he heard at least three different rioters say they wanted to find and execute Vice President Pence by hanging. https://t.co/EBNGGGe6sw
— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) January 8, 2021
After suggesting that impeachment, which House leaders are apparently planning, would be a more suited course of action if more time of Trump’s presidency remained, Kinzinger commented as follows:
‘I think the best thing for the country to heal would be for him to resign. The next best thing is the 25th Amendment, and that’s why I call on Vice President Pence to do it. This is the thing that just gets us out of the debate in Congress. It doesn’t victimize Donald Trump. It makes him look as bad as he has been here, and it’s leadership. Look, we ask young men and young women to give their lives for this country every day, and we give emotional speeches about it, as we rightfully should. We have to be willing to give our careers to do the right thing, when it’s something so egregious that we’re facing, like we have been in this last week.’
Check out his comments below:
NEW: GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells @gstephanopoulos "the best thing for the country" is for Pres. Trump to resign, adding "the next best thing is the 25th Amendment."
"We have to be willing to give our careers to do the right thing." https://t.co/FnD9YSf2TE pic.twitter.com/6PVrqmjs1r
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 10, 2021