With 13 days left in President Trump’s term, confidants and Republican officials are considering drastic steps to stop him, Jonathan Swan and Margaret Talev report.
These measures include censure, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment — a move, long dismissed as a liberal fantasy, in which Vice President Pence would step in if Trump were found to be unable to perform his duties.
- This talk is coming from current and former White House and GOP Hill aides, and Republican lobbyists and political consultants — all of whom have either embraced him or quietly tolerated him until now.
- Senior State Department officials are encouraging 25th Amendment discussions along with other officials at the White House and other departments, according to two sources involved in the discussions.
Republicans are furious with the president for what they see as fomenting an attack on American democracy, disgracing their party and invading the sanctity of their chambers on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
- There’s concern about whether the country can withstand another two weeks with Trump at the helm, and what additional chaos and division could be sowed.
- There’s also rage inside the GOP at Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and others whose plans to object to Biden’s certification gave oxygen to Trump, the protests and the notion that Congress could be used to overturn the will of voters.
No House or Senate Republican leaders are yet championing these ideas — and it’s too soon to know whether those talking about them are just letting off steam after a shock to the democracy, or whether a critical mass exists to proceed.
Twitter said it required the removal of three tweets for « severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy ». The company said the president’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed.
It went on to say that « Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account ».
It means Donald Trump’s days on Twitter could be numbered. The president is not known for paying much attention to Twitter’s community guidelines.
Meanwhile, Facebook banned Mr Trump for 24 hours. YouTube also removed the video. Facebook said: « We removed it because on balance ».