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Impeachment against US President Trump: The Democrats are at odds

Young Democratic MPs want to remove US President Trump from office as soon as possible. The old guard is more reserved.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded in a tweet on Wednesday with only the word "Impeach" Photo: Joshua Roberts / Reuters

NEW YORK CITYtaz | "Impeach" is the only word in a tweet that New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to the storm on the Capitol on Wednesday. In the hours that followed, a growing number of Democrats embraced Donald Trump's impeachment. After his supporters storm the US Congress and the residences of governors in various states, and after Trump's calls for violence and election fraud, they consider the US president to be too dangerous to keep him in office for another two weeks.

Left MEP Ilhan Omar from Minnesota drafted a resolution to re-indict Trump. "We took an oath on the constitution," said Omar. But the Democratic head of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in whose office in the US Congress a Trump supporter from Arkansas lounged in her chair on Wednesday and put his shoes on her desk, has not yet embraced the possibility of a new impeachment against Trump voiced.

On Wednesday, when Trump supporters raged in the Capitol, Pelosi, along with the head of the Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer, appealed to the president. Instead of hastening his end of office, they urged Trump to call his supporters to their senses. The future President Joe Biden also relied primarily on appeals to the man in the White House on Wednesday. "Go on national television, take your oath of office, defend the constitution, demand an end to the siege," he urged Trump.

In his address, Biden made it clear that the strikers of Congress had organized a "riot" and attacked democracy. But at the same time he tried to save the reputation and honor of his country. “They are a small group of extremists,” he said, “they do not represent America”. Biden continues to believe that bipartisan collaboration with Republicans is possible.

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The Democrat, who last spring with his support for Biden had triggered his unexpected and rapid rise to the Democratic presidential candidate, declared the day before the storming of Congress that a second impeachment against Trump was lost time. South Carolina MP Jim Clyburn, who has a broad base of African-American voters, responded to the request to indict Trump over his phone call to the Republican Secretary of the Interior of Georgia. In the telephone call later published over the weekend, the president urged the Georgia election results to be manipulated in his favor.

The day that Trump's strikers occupied the Capitol and drove Congressmen into hiding was a bleak day for US democracy. And no Democratic speaker neglected to point it out. But Wednesday was also the day on which the Democrats captured a viable, albeit wafer-thin, majority in the US Congress.

The unexpected victory of two Democratic senators in Georgia runoff elections will ensure that the future majority in the US Senate will be 50:50. The Republican Mitch McConnell, who already sabotaged Barack Obama's domestic and foreign policy and his nominations, has to give up the presidency of the Senate. A Democrat, presumably Schumer, the previous head of the Democratic Group, will succeed him. In the event of a stalemate, Vice President Kamala Harris will have the casting vote with her vote.

For the first time since 2010, the Democrats again have majorities in both chambers. But the rift between left-wing Democrats, whose numbers have grown in the new Congress, and centrists remains large. This is also shown by the reactions to the Capitol's forwards. While ex-President Obama called the attack a "moment of dishonor", the newly elected MP from Missouri and Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush went on the frontal counter-offensive. Like many leftists in the US, she demands that all Republicans who, like Trump, incited "this domestic terrorist attack", be expelled from Congress.