All nine Democrats representing Michigan in the U.S. House and Senate are now calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office before his term ends in less than two weeks. They are calling on Vice President Mike Pence and members of Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. If not, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.
“This is about sending a message about the seriousness of what has happened.” - Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).
Stephen Henderson speaks with two of those Michigan members of Congress about why they came to the decision to call for the president’s removal after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed and sacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The mob killed a Capitol police officer and assaulted journalists. Four others died during the riot.
Listen: Stephen Henderson and guests discuss calls to remove President Trump from office
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says removing the president at this stage is about setting an important precedent that inciting a violent insurrection will not be tolerated.
“This is about sending a message about the seriousness of what has happened,” Stabenow says. ”Invoking mobs to try to take over the capitol… and people lost their lives. It’s extremely serious.”
“We know there are only about 12 days left in this presidency, but we need to need a message around the country and the world,” she continues. ”Secondly I do worry about what else the president could do in the next 12 days.”
Congressman Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) agrees. He says Trump’s actions must be dealt with.
“We really saw a president foment an insurrection in our nation’s Capitol and do nothing when it started happening,” Levin tells Henderson. ”One issue is safety and security of U.S. And the other issue is the president’s culpability… and the fact that he should never again hold an office of faith and trust in the U.S.”
“If I could put myself 50 years down the road and write the history of this time, I’m going to look at it through the same prism that we look at the Civil War,” says Fournier.