Ruppersberger Votes in Support of Using 25th Amendment to Remove Trump from Office
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger this evening voted in favor of a resolution calling on Vice President Pence to convene and mobilize the principal officers to remove President Trump from office pursuant to the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. H. Res. 21 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote of 223 to 205.
“With each passing day, it seems we learn more horrific details of the violent insurrection in the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths and injuries to more than 50 police officers, 15 of which were hospitalized,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “We learned that President Trump not only used dangerous rhetoric and false claims of a rigged election over the course of many weeks – followed by explicit directions to his supporters moments before they stormed the U.S. Capitol – he also ignored the desperate pleas of lawmakers, law enforcement and even his own aides as he watched the brutality unfold on live television.”
“The President’s actions are dangerous, seditious and possibly criminal,” Congressman Ruppersberger continued. “At a minimum, he has proven himself unable to perform the most basic duties required of the Commander in Chief and must be removed.”
Just prior to their siege on the U.S. Capitol January 6, President Trump told his supporters, “We're going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue... and we're going to the Capitol … We’re going to try and give them the pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
House leadership plans to move forward Wednesday with a vote on a resolution that would begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump for inciting an insurrection. Congressman Ruppersberger is a cosponsor of that legislation.