A demonstrator holds a sign reading “Impeach” outside the U.S. Capitol days after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The House of Representatives moved closer to impeaching President Donald Trump for the second time after Republicans blocked a resolution to call on Vice President Mike Pence to remove the president from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to bring the Pence resolution bill to the floor as soon as Tuesday now that Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.V., objected Monday to the unanimous consent request. The 25th Amendment allows the vice president and Cabinet members to declare a president unable to perform the job.

“The President represents an imminent threat to our Constitution, our Country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately,” Pelosi said in a statement Monday, noting that the House Republicans who rejected the legislation were “enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue.”

Democratic representatives Ted Lieu of California, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Jamie Raskin of Maryland introduced the article of impeachment Monday charging the president with one crime, “incitement of insurrection,” after Wednesday’s riot that left five people dead. The resolution has more than 200 co-sponsors and the support of at least one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. The earliest the House can vote on an article of impeachment is Wednesday.  

So far, many believe Pence opposes invoking the 25th Amendment, so impeachment seems the most likely scenario for removing Trump nine days before President-elect Joe Biden takes over. More than 300 historians and writers pushed for impeachment in an open letter. Corporations and companies, including social media platforms and the PGA, backed away from Trump. But Trump remained defiant, refusing to resign or even attend Biden’s inauguration. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Hillary Clinton: Trump should be impeached. But that alone won’t remove white supremacy from America. – Washington Post – 1/11/2021
Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was the tragically predictable result of white-supremacist grievances fueled by President Trump. But his departure from office, whether immediately or on Jan. 20, will not solve the deeper problems exposed by this episode. 

Impeachment looms as fury grows over new details of Capitol attack – Politico – 1/11/2021
Democrats are weighing how to fast-track their plans to impeach President Donald Trump this week as new details, images and video further fuel the rage over the deadly domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol and those who enabled it.

German Chancellor Merkel Critical of ‘Problematic’ Twitter Trump Ban – Breitbart – 1/11/2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised the banning of the Twitter account of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, stating that she has concerns over freedom of expression.

Trump won’t attend Biden’s inauguration: Why that’s ominous after his Capitol siege – Salon – 1/11/2021
Donald Trump is not breaking precedent by refusing to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration — but he is the first to do so after trying to foment a coup so he could stay in power despite losing his reelection campaign. That is an absolutely crucial distinction between Trump and his predecessors.

Why the Democrats should not impeach Donald Trump | Simon Jenkins – The Guardian – 1/11/2021
The single most significant feature of last November’s election was that Trump won 11 million more popular votes than he did in 2016, a rise from roughly 63 million to 74 million. He might be rich, crude, immoral and incompetent, but he became more popular in office with his base, not less. According to exit polls, support for Trump also increased among Black and Latino voters.

Is Trump Actually Still in Control? – The Atlantic – 1/11/2021
Who is steering the American ship of state? This isn’t a philosophical question; we’ve spent four years wondering about the roots and motivations of Trumpism. It’s a specific question: Who is in charge right now when the White House has to make a decision?

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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