Democrats will today force vote asking Mike Pence to remove president
- Trump facing second impeachment over ‘incitement of insurrection’
- Deutsche Bank severs ties with president
- More violence planned as extreme rightwing groups draw Trump backers
- Acting US homeland security secretary Chad Wolf resigns
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Straight from the “Well, this is awkward” files, Charlie Kirk has been denying that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection. Ewan Palmer reports for Newsweek:
Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative student group Turning Point USA, has dismissed any suggestion that the attack on the Capitol last week was an insurrection and that many of those taking part were merely expressing “bad judgment.”
A video of Kirk downplaying the deadly attack in which far-right extremists and QAnon conspiracy theorists stormed Congress, was shared on Twitter. During the clip, Kirk said while it was “not wise” to climb the Capitol steps and storm the corridors of the building, it is wrong to compare those who did to terrorists such as the Oklahoma Bomber.
A number of people on social media suggested that Kirk was attempting to distance himself from the violence which erupted in the nation’s capital after previously claiming that Turning Point Action, the political action committee arm of Turning Point USA, would be sending “80+ buses full of patriots” to attend the capital in a since deleted-tweet.
“The historic event will likely be one of the largest and most consequential in American history,” Kirk tweeted two days before January 6. “The team at @TrumpStudents & Turning Point Action are honored to help make this happen, sending 80+ buses full of patriots to DC to fight for this president.”
So, if the Senate is unlikely to ultimately find Donald Trump guilty in an impeachment trial, given that a two-thirds majority is required and that the chamber will be balanced 50-50, what next? John Nichols writes for the Nation on how a 14th Amendment strategy could bar Trump from ever holding office again.
To imagine that Trump will fade away after January 20 requires the denial of everything Americans know about the president’s massive ego, his aversion to being seen as a loser, and his determination to avenge his defeat in the 2020 election.
Added to the Constitution after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment is a blunt instrument, which mandates in its third section: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who … shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”