Pressure to Enact the 25th Amendment: What Will Become of Trump After The Attack on the Capitol?


Stakes are high as the government goes back and forth over the fate of current President Donald Trump, his constant negligence towards abiding the Constitution, being a problematic president, as well as the promotion of the recent terrorist attack on the Capitol that has left the U.S. government furious.

620,000 Americans died during the Civil War of 1861 to prevent the Confederacy from taking over our country and keeping the heinous acts of slavery prevalent in our nation. They fought valiantly to never see the Confederate flag wave tall in any part of the U.S. Yet, 159 years since the beginning of the war, it seems that their biggest fears have come true after the recent terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, which took place on Jan 8.

Before noon on Jan 8, President Donald Trump expressed to his vigilant supporters that this was the last chance they had to try and keep him as president, after the electoral votes proved that Joe Biden had indeed won the 2020 Election. His supporters saw this as an opportunity to get angry at the injustices being enacted against their beloved president, and reacted with a violent domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump supporters were seen breaking into the Capitol by busting through windows, storming police officers who were trying to barricade the doors, carrying lethal weapons, breaking into the Senate Chambers, and vandalizing the inside of the Capitol Building. 

As per The Washington Post, “Members of Congress hid under desks, stripped their identification pins from their lapels to avoid being attacked and escaped into secret passageways. Rioters ransacked the office of the House speaker. Flag-waving protesters smashed windows and assaulted police inside the nation’s iconic symbol of democracy.”

Now, with the nation’s capitol in shambles, members of the House of Representatives are trying to take necessary steps to punish President Trump after he basically initiated a terrorist attack on the country he was supposed to protect. Democrats of the House initially tried to enact the 25th Amendment, which states that “the vice president becomes president if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office, and establishes how a vacancy in the office of the vice president can be filled.” In this case, Trump would need to be removed from office after disgracing the nation in such an extreme way.

House Republicans then rejected this resolution, which has now led House Democrats to impose an impeachment against Trump, proving that they simply won’t stop attempting to hold the President accountable. 

USA Today states that “a slight majority of the respondents surveyed after last week’s riot by Quinnipiac University said Trump should be removed from office: 52 percent to 45 percent. The breakdown was similar for those saying Trump should resign.”

House speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to take immediate, urgent action against Trump, while other House Democrats cited in USA Today “have suggested the article be delayed to give the Senate time to first consider President-elect Joe Biden’s nominations and top policy priorities before holding an impeachment trial.” These sentiments arrived after rumors of a miscount in the Electoral College, and the possible forging of votes after the cutoff took place.

All in all, nothing like these recent events have ever occurred before, and the members of our government will stop at nothing to ensure that President Trump is punished for bringing terror and death upon the capitol, whether that be through a form of impeachment or enacting the 25th Amendment. 

What do you think will become of Trump and our nation’s capitol after this historical event?