US House Speaker Pelosi calls for Trump’s removal, says ‘America in difficult place’

House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of Donald Trump through emergency constitutional procedures under the 25th Amendment for Trump’s role in urging on the violent mob that overtook the Capitol a day before, disrupting the ratification of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s electoral victory.

“We are in a very difficult place in our country as long as Donald Trump still sits in the White House,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol.

“While it’s only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America,” she added.

“Are they ready to say for the next 13 days this dangerous man can assault our democracy?” Pelosi singled out members of the Cabinet by name, asking why they would not intervene.

“By inciting sedition as he did yesterday, he must be removed from office,” Pelosi said.

“The president must be held accountable again,” she said, adding she expects to hear an answer from Vice President Mike Pence “yes or no’ whether he will move to replace Trump.

She also said she had called for and expected to receive the resignation of Steven Sund, the chief of the US Capitol Police following the security failure at the Capitol.