Florida’s “centrist” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) has called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office after the riot that broke out at U.S. Capitol this week left four dead and dozens arrested.
Rep. Murphy joins other Democratic members of the U.S. Congress, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in calling on the president to be removed.
“The President incited a violent insurrection against our democracy — proof he’s unable to uphold the Constitution,” stated Murphy. “The 25th Amendment should be invoked and the President removed to ensure a peaceful transition of power. Protecting our democracy will always be my top priority.”
But Murphy and fellow Democrats could be sounding a bit hypocritical in calling for the amendment to be invoked.
Just days ago, Democrats were saying that President Trump and Republicans could not press Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally reject the outcome of the election, citing a Constitutional measure that would authorize him to do so.
The 25th Amendment is only in place to specifically allow the president to be removed only if there was some medical impairment where he is unable to perform his duties. Democrats appear to want to use it as a substitute for impeachment.
The riot lead to over 50 arrests and 4 deaths, one woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police as she broke into the Speaker’s Lobby in the U.S. House of Representatives.
After the president spoke at a planned rally and march to the Capitol, and after the riot ensued, social media companies Twitter and Facebook blocked Trump’s accounts. Facebook blocked the president indefinitely, or until a peaceful transition of power takes place.
Trump is expected to leave office in less than two weeks as President-elect Biden will take the oath of office on January 20.