ALBANY – New York’s Governor is now calling on President Trump to resign, following the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol this week.
Governor Andrew Cuomo urged other elected officials to do the same during a press briefing on Friday.
He says the violent rush of the Capitol Building occurred following years of divide at the hands of President Trump.
“I’ve seen a lot over the past four years with this administration,” said Cuomo. “This was the result of a leader who for four years actually appealed to the worst in people, appealed to fear and racism and discrimination”
Cuomo says if the President doesn’t resign, then he should be impeached.
“Impeachment also means the president doesn’t have the power to pardon, and some of the pardons this President has done are really reprehensible,” he furthered.
He praised officials and representatives who have already called on the President to resign and stated that others are “complicit.”
During his briefing where he focused on the violence in the U.S. Capitol, he also commented on the lack of security forces; asking what happened to the police and security forces during the event.
Cuomo concluded by asking why the chaos lasted for so long, in saying, “what signal does it send about the vulnerability of this nation?”
This, as some Democrats in Congress laid plans Friday for a swift impeachment of the President.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are among lawmakers leading the call.
A draft of their Articles of Impeachment accuses Trump of abuse of power, saying he “willfully made statements that encouraged, and foreseeably resulted in, imminent lawless action at the Capitol.”
The articles are expected to be introduced on Monday, with a House vote as soon as Wednesday.