Civil rights leader calls for 25th Amendment action

Civil Rights Leader 25th Amendment

(AP) - National Urban League President Marc Morial is among those urging lawmakers to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from the White House after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

“The idea that the president of the United States, the outgoing president would encourage, instigate and push his supporters to engage in an act of violence on the United States Capitol where lawmakers are meeting to certify the final results of the 2020 election is beyond the pale,” Morial said.

The 25th Amendment says the vice president and a majority of principal officers of executive departments “or of such other body as Congress” may provide a declaration to Congress that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” At that point, the vice president would assume the powers of acting president.

Morial said the action is “necessary to protect American democracy.”

“What happened today, there’s no possible justification, no possible rationale, no possible look the other way on what happened today on the United States Capitol,” Morial said.

National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons also said in a statement Wednesday that Vice President Mike Pence should consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment “to preserve democracy.”

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