About an hour ago, a statement by Kirsten Gillibrand, recounting yesterday's events, appeared in the New York Times: "Kirsten Gillibrand: 'Yes, We Are Safe,' I Texted From the Capitol." In it, Gillibrand asserts:
These rioters must be held responsible for their criminal actions. So should the president who incited them. Every option available, from invoking the 25th Amendment to impeachment and removal to criminal prosecution, should be on the table. These options will require the vice president, cabinet members and Republican members of the Senate to hold the president accountable in a way they never have before. When they fail to take decisive action, history will judge them as complicit.
Congressman Antonio Delgado, in an email distributed to constituents, made a similar appeal:
Donald Trump's actions and words make it clear that he is unfit for the Office of the President.
I took an oath to protect the Constitution. I've come to the conclusion that in order to protect our democracy, Trump must be removed from office by the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendments or by this Congress impeaching him.
We must restore the soul of our nation. We must protect our democracy. We must repair the damage that has been done through compassion, love, and facts. We must return America as a beacon of liberty, equality, hope, and opportunity for all.