The message from newspapers nationwide is crystal clear: President Donald Trump must leave the White House, right now.
The editorial boards of multiple media outlets across the country this week published damning columns demanding the departure of the president following his incitement of the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today all condemned Trumpâ€™s role in the deadly and shocking scenes that took place in Washington.
Even the conservativeÂ Wall Street JournalÂ said it would â€œbe best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly.â€
The Washington Postâ€™s board on Wednesday called for Trumpâ€™s cabinet to remove him from office. â€œThe president is unfit to remain in office for the next 14 days. Every second he retains the vast powers of the presidency is a threat to public order and national security,â€ read its column.
On Friday, the Postâ€™s board urged Trump to be â€œheld accountable for his inexcusable incitementâ€ and â€œprevented from further reckless ventures at home or abroad. â€œThe powers of the presidency are wide; unchecked, Mr. Trump could prompt more unrest, a war, a domestic crackdown or who knows what else,â€ it said.
â€œThis is no longer about Donald Trump,â€ read the op-ed from the Houston Chronicle. â€œThis is about the country. Our nation of laws is under attack from within. We have no confidence the threat has been neutralized.â€
The Baltimore Sun declared: â€œThis man must go. Right now. Two more weeks of him is too much.â€
â€œItâ€™s time for Trump to be removed from office,â€ said the Capital Gazette.
Trump â€œlost the right to the presidency the moment he stepped out before the armed horde in Washington, made up of Proud Boy racists and QANON conspiracist nuts, and encouraged violence in an hour-long speech,â€ its board wrote. â€œHe did it by continuing to spread lies that motivated outrage from the crowd gathered in the streets of the nationâ€™s capital.â€
â€œIf Trump will not concede, he should resign now,â€ said the Chicago Tribune. â€œHis recklessness, accumulated over four years, has endangered the safety of the citizenry.â€
The Miami Herald, meanwhile, slammed Trump as â€œincapacitatedâ€ and â€œunable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.â€ â€œThis president is a deranged and dangerous man,â€ it warned. â€œHe must be removed.â€
USA Today said that â€œby egging on this deadly insurrection and hailing the rioters, the president forfeited his moral authority to hold the nationâ€™s highest office.â€
And the Philadelphia Inquirer demanded Trump face the consequences of his divisive and inflammatory rhetoric. â€œHis incitement of his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was a treasonous act that cannot be tolerated,â€ it said.
Vice President Mike Pence has reportedly said he will not support efforts to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. House Democrats, meanwhile, are pursuing the impeachment of the president for inciting the violence that stunned the world.
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