The AFL-CIO General Board on 8 Jan 2021, released a historic statement calling “on Donald Trump to Resign or Be Removed from Office”.
The deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob looking to overturn the results of a free and fair election, encouraged and inspired by President Donald Trump, was one of the greatest attacks on our democracy in American history. And the fact that trespassers were allowed to roam the halls of Congress without consequence is one of the latest examples of why we must tear down the systems and abiders of white supremacy.AFL-CIO General Board, 8 Jan 2021. https://aflcio.org/press/releases/afl-cio-general-board-calls-donald-trump-resign-or-be-removed-office retrieved 12 Jan 2021
Trump is an affront to every union member, and a clear and present danger to our nation and our republic. He should resign or be removed from office at once, whether through impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Robert Reich, in a Facebook post on 12 January 2021, said:
As insurrectionists were violently attacking the Capitol, Trump told them they were “very special” and that “we love you.” Now, he’s defending his speech that incited the riot as “totally appropriate”, and warning Democrats pushing for impeachment that they are “causing tremendous danger”.“Very fine people on both sides.” “Stand back and stand by.” “Totally appropriate.” These are the words of a narcissistic, dangerous madman bent on stoking hate and violence. He has no remorse for inciting last week’s deadly riot, while still pushing the exact narrative that roused his supporters to attack the Capitol. He’s even threatening the possibility of more violence if Democrats hold him accountable. This man poses a clear and present danger to America and the world. He absolutely must be impeached and removed from office immediately — before he incites more violence.
Justifying his and his Administrations racist call to violence and anti-democratic overthrow of the US Constitution, on 12 January 2021 Donald Trump said:
If you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle and various other places, that was a real problemhttps://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/12/us/capitol-riot-trump?name=styln-capitol-mob®ion=TOP_BANNER&block=storyline_menu_recirc&action=click&pgtype=Article&impression_id=46953be0-54f8-11eb-a6f4-cb6200fa4961&variant=show#trump-texas-border-wall, on found 1/12/2021 at 12:22 PM ET.
What Trump characterizes as riots were largely peaceful 2020 demonstrations exercising free speech in support of the slogan “Black Lives Matter”, correctly demanding an end to systemic racism in the United States. In many cases, when violence did occur at those events, it was precipitated either by police or by right wing fascist forces intent on protecting systemic racism.
Trump incited the violence of 6 January 2021 when his supporters, under the false and debunked banner of correcting stolen vote counts, invaded the US Capital in an insurrection, an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Congress from confirming the electoral college vote recognizing Biden as the US President-elect. The Trump supporters were not “protestors”, they were determined to overthrow the democratic will of more that 80 million voters.
Trump didn’t ask people to read between the lines; he was explicit: “[Y]ou’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong…We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, … and we’re going to the Capitol, … and we’re going to try [to] give our Republicans… the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
Speaking to a crowd about political views lies at the very heart of our democracy. But weaponizing that crowd, inciting them, directing them, and turning them into a weapon, that’s not democracy—that’s an attack on the democratic process. And when a person, even a president, crosses that line, the Constitution and case law are quite clear: they lose their usual First Amendment protections and commit a crime.https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-didnt-just-cross-a-line-in-inciting-todays-riot-in-the-capitolhe-committed-a-crime on 1/12/2021
The Trump supporters invading the Capital were not “protestors” there to register their policy positions, they came to do violence, brought bombs and arms, threatened the lives of elected officials with whom they disagree, and attempted to stop the democratic process of installing the newly elected president, Joe Biden, as president. They were not protestors, they were violent insurrectionists intent on the overthrow of the democratic voice of millions under patently false claims of voter fraud.
As Trump said today:
[The] president framed himself as a victim, calling impeachment a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”
“I think it’s causing tremendous anger,” he said.https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/12/us/capitol-riot-trump?name=styln-capitol-mob®ion=TOP_BANNER&block=storyline_menu_recirc&action=click&pgtype=LegacyCollection&impression_id=8b3b2a40-5505-11eb-a53d-15f4b921e511&variant=show#trump-capitol 12 Jan 2021
Trump is continuing to push the false narrative of voter fraud and other lies to mobilize his supporters to further anti-democratic violence. He must be stopped immediately.
All the elected officials who supported or continue to support the lie that Trump’s votes were stolen and directly or indirectly supported the insurrection of 6 January 2021 must be removed from office for breaking their oath of office, which includes adhering to and protecting the Constitution of the United States.
Contact the Communist Party of Indiana CPUSA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can speak out to demand Trump step down or be removed immediately.