A majority of Americans now believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office before his term ends on Jan. 20, when President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in.
A new poll published Sunday by ABC News/Ipsos found that 56% of those surveyed want Trump to be removed before Inauguration Day. A higher figure – 67% – blame the commander-in-chief for the riots in Washington this week that left 5 people dead after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building, overpowering police and ransacking the complex.
The chaotic incident followed Trump’s “Save America Rally” in Washington, during which he told his supporters to “stop the steal” of the election he lost to Biden. Trump urged them to head to the Capitol to demonstrate against Congress certifying Biden’s victory.
House Democrats are preparing Monday to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump in connection with the riot. They accuse him of having “gravely endangered the security” of the U.S. and its institutions. It will be Trump’s second impeachment.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that most Democrats (94%) and a majority of independents (58%) believe Trump should be removed from office; only 13% of Republicans agree. In fact, 61% of Republicans believe Trump did nothing wrong.
– Kim Hjelmgaard
Kellyanne Conway condemns armed riot at US Capitol
Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway condemned the armed invasion of the US Capitol on Wednesday by pro-Trump rioters.
“Don’t avert your eyes & don’t excuse this,” Conway said on Twitter of a report compiling haunting footage of the attacks. “The more we see & learn, the worse it is.”
Conway, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump and one of his earliest White House advisors, stuck by the president through almost the entire tumult of his first term. Conway left the Trump administration in August 2020 after a public feud with her daughter in the media.
The former aide’s comments come as the Trump administration is roiling in its last days in office. Former and current aides have expressed worry about their involvement in the administration, while others have also condemned the Capitol attack or resigned from their posts.
Conway has continued to express support for the president, despite the Capitol attack.
– Matthew Brown
Pence to attend Biden’s inauguration
Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, even as President Donald Trump intends to skip it.
The decision came a day after Trump announced he would decline to watch his successor sworn-in, breaking with more than 150 years of tradition. A source familiar with the decision speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed Pence’s expected attendance.
Pence is facing considerable blowback from some Trump supporters – and significant praise from others – for defying the president’s demand that he somehow reject the results of the election as Congress met Wednesday to count Electoral College votes and formalized Biden’s win. Despite Trump’s protestations, Pence noted he had no power to reject the votes.
Biden dismissed Trump’s decision not to attend the inauguration, telling reporters on Friday that it was “one of the few things he and I ever agreed on.” But of Pence, Biden said that he was “welcome to come” and that he’d “be honored to have him there.”
– John Fritze