Rep. Jim Clyburn on Wednesday said the House must impeach President Trump for “inciting” his supporters to storm the US Capitol last week and should never be able to hold power again.
“This threat must be extinguished immediately. The president must be impeached and convicted, and he must be prevented from ever attempting to seize power again,” the South Carolina Democrat said on the House floor as the members debated Trump’s impeachment.
Clyburn recalled how the rioters rampaged through the Capitol last Wednesday as a joint session of Congress gathered to certify the Electoral College results for President-elect Joe Biden.
“This president refused to accept those results. Instead, he sought to overturn them by inciting a violent insurrection,” he said. “But we were not deterred from doing our constitutional duty.”
Clyburn went on to say democracy is built on the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another, noting how then-Vice President Al Gore presided over the certification