America’s media was flooding with news on January 6, 2021, following the raid of our nation’s Capitol. What began as a rally for a recount regarding the most recent election, soon escalated into a violent mob that President-elect Joe Biden referred to as an act that “borders on sedition”. The crowd stormed the government building carrying weapons and Confederate flags, a symbol that threatens the very idea of democracy and one that didn’t even reach the Capitol during the civil war. Every American was shocked and many were overwhelmed with terror. It was an event that left many wondering, “What has our country become?”
Following Wednesday’s events, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced that she is pushing to invoke the 25th amendment which states that the vice president is sworn in if the current president dies, resigns, or is removed from office. Pelosi is urging Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s cabinet to consent unanimously to his removal from office. However, if the vote is not unanimous (which is likely considering Republican opposition), the course of action will be taken to the floor for a full vote.
Pelosi’s next step will be to introduce impeachment legislation to the floor. She states’ “In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency because this President represents an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.” The impeachment resolution has already obtained more than 190 co-sponsors. Given the results of the vote in the House, Democrats will decide the best time to move the vote to the Senate. If President Trump doesn’t resign, they are prepared to take the necessary actions given his role in the attack on the US Capitol.
While House Democrats are determined to continue with actions concerning impeachment, they are aware of the effects they could pose for Biden’s introduction to office. As to avoid piling work onto his already busy agenda, Democrats believe that measures should be postponed until after Biden’s first 100 days in office.