Trump to be charged with Sedition and Insurrection
Business Insider: President-elect Joe Biden forcefully decried Wednesday’s violence on Capitol Hill as an “unprecedented assault on democracy, an “insurrection” and an “act of domestic terrorism” in a Thursday speech from Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden calls out the racial double standard on display Wednesday: ’No one can tell me that if that had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol’ pic.twitter.com/YIUmdKBlFA— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 7, 2021
“Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple,” Biden said of the rioters who descended on Washington to attempt to block Congress from counting the certificates of Electoral College votes from the states to affirm Biden’s Electoral College win.
From CBS News:
Senator Chuck Schumer, the soon-to-be majority leader once Democrats control the Senate, endorsed the use of the 25th Amendment or impeachment to oust Mr. Trump, 13 days before the end of his term.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” he said in a statement. “The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed the move to pursue the 25th Amendment soon after, and threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings if Pence and the Cabinet fail to act.
“In calling for this seditious act, the president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation, and our people,” Pelosi said at a press conference at the Capitol Thursday. “I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment.”
In his speech, Biden also addressed the differences in how much force police have used on protestors demonstrating for racial justice and civil rights versus the more restrained and less aggressive approach they took to the insurrectionists who caused massive property damage to Capitol Hill.
“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very differently. We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable, totally unacceptable” Biden said.
The Capitol Police and other law enforcement were woefully unprepared for the insurrection. They failed to prevent the rioters from breaching the Capitol, forcing both chambers of Congres to go into recess, and causing significant property damage. Already, top law enforcement officials on Capitol Hill are facing consequences for the remarkable breach in security.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s events, the House sergeant-at-arms is planning to resign, according to the Daily Beast, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling on the chief of the Capitol Police to step down and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stating that he will fire the Senate sergeant-at-arms when he takes over the position.