Time's Up movement urges for removal of Trump

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Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis
Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis

From Harper's BAZAAR

The Time's Up movement has joined rallying cries for Donald Trump to be removed from office over his role in supporting last week's riot at the Capitol.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has formally asked vice president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unfit for office. If Pence refuses, then Democrats will vote to impeach Trump.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the Times Up organisation accused the president of inciting "racism, sexism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, ableism, xenophobia, toxic masculinity and more". The foundation said that he has allowed those who share his beliefs "to come out in the open and act without fear of repercussions and wreak havoc on the seat of democracy".

Time's Up called for Trump to be removed "immediately". "He must be held accountable. He has shown that he is an imminent threat to all of our communities , our nation and our very own democracy. We cannot risk more day under this President."

Trump has been accused by Democrats and a rising number of Republicans of inciting a riot, after he repeated unsubstantiated claims about the US election. Five people were killed in the protests of 6 January after angry Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building.

Trump's presidential duties will end on 20 January, when Joe Biden will be sworn in as president. Although this leaves only days for the current president to continue in his current position, impeachment would mean he would lose many benefits usually bestowed on former presidents such as a $200,000 (£148,200) annual pension and yearly travel expenses of up to $1 million (£737,063).

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