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Remove Trump from Office

I second Rod Dreher’s reaction to the attack on the Capitol incited by the president:

As soon as the Congress can be made safe again, Congress must expedite the impeachment and conviction of Donald Trump.

There has been a debate for the last two months over whether Trump’s inept efforts to steal the election and remain in power amounted to a coup, but today’s events have settled the question. The president incited a mob to storm the halls of Congress in the name of his deranged lies about the election. It may fall into the category of an autogolpe (self-coup) by a president that refuses to give up power, but it is nonetheless an attack on the Constitution and the country. It cannot be tolerated, and it must be punished for the sake of the future health of our democratic republic.

If the president’s many previous abuses of power haven’t convinced you that he should be removed from office, this egregious assault on Congress and the Constitution should. This is necessary not only so that the president cannot abuse his office any further in the short time remaining in his term, but also so that he will be barred holding federal office again.

The members of Congress that have cynically played along with the president’s dangerous and destructive behavior over the last two months helped to make this debacle possible. They will have to answer to their constituents for their shameful part in trying to subvert our system of representative government, but for now the priority has to be removing the president from office through the constitutional remedy that should have already been used last year when the Senate had the chance. Remove Trump from office now.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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