THE NEUTRAL ZONE
President Donald Trump pledged an “orderly transition of power” Thursday morning a couple hours after Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s victory. Then he hunkered down in Camp David for the weekend while more than 100 lawmakers from both parties, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, called for his removal. Trump had a spokesman post his statement on Twitter, since all his social media accounts were disabled after his Wednesday posts praising the rioters.
Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and take Trump’s power of the presidency. If an angry Pence refuses, Pelosi said she and other members of Congress may move forward with impeaching the president a second time.
“The president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people,” Pelosi said at a news conference in Washington.
Trump could also face criminal charges. U.S. Attorney General Michael Sherwin said “we are looking at all actors here” when he was asked specifically if those actors included the president. Trump urged the crowd to “fight like hell” before the rioting began.
“If the evidence fits the element of a crime,” Sherwin said, “they’re going to be charged.”
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao became the first Trump cabinet member to resign following the riot. Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote that she was “deeply troubled” by Wednesday’s events. Chao served in both Bush administrations. Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf vowed to remain in his position, though he called Wednesday’s actions “tragic and sickening.” Wolf called for Trump and all officials to condemn the actions. A quartet of Republican senators urged Trump administration officials not to resign amid fears that others would follow Chao.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers also worried about the riots damaging America’s place among other countries. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks and Committee Lead Republican Rep. Michael McCaul from Texas released a joint statement Thursday: “America has always been a beacon of freedom to the world; proof that free and fair elections are achievable, and that democracy works. But what happened at the Capitol today has scarred our reputation and has damaged our standing in the world.”
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Ted Cruz’s Legally Groundless Challenge to Biden’s Electoral Votes Was a Disgrace That Should Follow Him Forever – Reason – 1/7/2021
There is a lot of blame to go around for the poisonous delusions that led to yesterday’s riot at the Capitol, starting with a president who incited his followers with loony conspiracy theories and wild tales of a stolen election. But the disgraceful performance of Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) should figure prominently in histories of this shameful incident.
A Preview of What’s To Come – The Nation – 1/7/2021
It is tempting to see the violence in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as the death rattle of a disintegrating political order—the Trump administration and its most cultish devotees’ final spasmodic grasp for power. In truth, it is the shape of things to come.
Biden Savages Trump For Capitol Riot, But Doesn’t Say If He Agrees With Invoking The 25th Amendment – Daily Caller – 1/7/2021
President-elect Joe Biden savaged President Donald Trump over the riot that broke out Wednesday at the Capitol but stopped short of voicing support for or opposition against invoking the 25th Amendment during his Thursday press conference.
Pro-Trump Republicans Picked Up Where the Pro-Trump Mob Left Off – Rolling Stone – 1/7/2021
It didn’t take long after the MAGA-hat-wearing, Confederate-flag toting rioters were shooed out of the Senate Chamber for their suit-wearing counterparts with congressional pins to take their place and resume the conspiracy-fueled push to overthrow American democracy.
Trump Whines to Advisers: Why Can’t I Tweet?! – The Daily Beast – 1/7/2021
Four people were dead. The Capitol was in shambles. Several members of his team had resigned. His allies were quickly abandoning him. Naturally, President Donald Trump was livid. About being locked out of his Twitter feed, that is.
Don’t Let Them Pretend This Didn’t Happen – The Atlantic – 1/7/2021
Very soon, someone might try to convince you that it was different. Maybe someone already has. This has been a leitmotif of the Trump administration: Donald Trump does something outrageous and inappropriate, maybe even illegal. Immediately, there are horrified reactions from across the political spectrum, but pretty quickly, the anger fades.
Republicans blame Trump after his supporters storm Capitol: ‘Enough is enough’ – Fox News – 1/7/2021
Some of the president’s frequently outspoken critics were more direct, with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, calling the riot “an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.” “We gather due to a selfish man’s injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning,” Romney said. “What happened today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”
What Mitt Romney got exactly right about the failures of the Republican Party – CNN – 1/7/2021
Mitt Romney is the only person in the Senate who knows what Donald Trump is going through. Romney, like Trump, lost a presidential general election and knows the sting and soul-searching that follows such a rejection.
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