President Trump Must Be Removed from Office Now
“America’s moms are horrified by the violence pro-Trump terrorists and white supremacists committed at the U.S. Capitol and across Washington, D.C. yesterday, and in swarming state capitals across the country. These were not peaceful protests but rather an outrageous attempt by a small, Trump-supporting mob to use force and violence to overturn a free and fair election. There is no question that Donald Trump, aided and abetted by unprincipled Republican Members of Congress, inspired this attack on our democracy -- both by inciting the violence and exacerbating the structural racism and bigotry that drives it. He made a dangerous situation even worse with his reckless tweets and disgraceful video yesterday.
“It would be irresponsible and dangerous for lawmakers to allow Trump to complete the last two weeks of his term. He must be removed from office now. We are asking Congress to impeach him and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. In addition, we call on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to permanently ban Donald Trump from their platforms to prevent any future incitement of violence.
“That Trump supporters were able to breach the Capitol with relative impunity stands in stark contrast to the response we saw to Black Lives Matter protests this summer, and demonstrates how deeply structural racism and white supremacy is woven into our society. We must remember Miriam Carey, a Black mom who crashed her car near the Capitol and was shot five times and killed by the Capitol Police. Every leader in this country must recommit to ending structural racism and fighting for justice for every single person. This includes holding accountable members of Congress, along with the President, whose insurgent language and false claims clearly stoked the violence that took place yesterday.
“Our democracy is being tested like never before, but we will prevail. On Tuesday, voters in Georgia elected two Democrats to the U.S. Senate, tipping the balance of power in that chamber away from the party led by Trump and scores of his enablers. Yesterday, when the violence broke out, Congress was in the process of counting the electors and declaring Joe Biden to be the president-elect, and Kamala Harris the vice-president elect, that they are. That declaration was delayed but could not be denied.
“Moms will never stop protecting our democracy. In Georgia, MomsRising joined with local partners, including the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda along with the Transformative Justice Coalition to drive voter turnout, sending 380,000+ handwritten postcards to low-frequency voters, involving 3,000 volunteers in phone banking to get out the vote, and sharing information about when to vote through traditional and social media in English and Spanish. Moms will increase our activism in upcoming elections, and when Congress returns to its business we will continue to demand meaningful pandemic relief, paid leave, affordable child care, health care, fair immigration policies, gun violence prevention, fair wages, non-punitive, non-carceral approaches to community safety that lead states to shrink their criminal-legal systems and center the protection of Black, Indigenous, and Latino lives, and more. We are more determined than ever to end the racism in policing that is evident when we contrast the frequent, horrific police assaults on Black and Brown people, like the killing of Miriam Carey, with the way white Trump supporters were able to breach the U.S. Capitol yesterday.
“America’s moms stand together, in solidarity, against all those who threaten our democracy. Nobody who fed, fueled or stood silent in the face of yesterday’s attacks should remain in office.”