Two Democratic lawmakers called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after his remarks Tuesday defending some protesters at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
Trump said there was “blame on both sides” at a news conference on Tuesday and there were some “very fine people” protesting on the same side as the white supremacists.
California Democrat Jackie Speier, who replaced Holocaust survivor Tom Lantos in the House in 2008, tweeted that the president was “showing signs of erratic behavior,” in her call to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which says that if a majority of Cabinet officers and the vice president say the president is unable to serve, he may be removed from office.
POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017
Speier also tweeted a quoted from the French philosopher Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017
Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore “implored” Republicans to work with Democrats to remove Trump from office.
“For the sake and the soul of our country, we must come together to restore our national dignity that has been robbed by Donald Trump’s presence,” she said.
Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) August 15, 2017
Republicans, including some longtime Trump allies, swiftly condemned white supremacy — and some even condemned the president — after his news conference Tuesday.
Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas have pushed a bill to impeach Trump for obstruction of justice over the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.