Most Americans want Trump removed immediately as he grows isolated

2021-01-09 16:18:52
Most Americans want Trump removed immediately as he grows isolated

Most Americans want US President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office after he encouraged a group of his supporters this week to march to the US Congress, which escalated into a deadly riot inside the building, according to a new poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos survey, conducted Thursday and Friday, showed that 57 percent of Americans want Republican president to be immediately removed from the White House.

Nearly 70% surveyed also said they disapprove of Trump’s actions in the run-up to Wednesday’s assault on the US Capitol.

The chaos on Capitol Hill, viewed with shock around the world, left a police officer and four others dead in its wake.

Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to introduce misconduct charges on Monday that could lead to a second impeachment of Trump, two sources familiar with the matter said.

“If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

A small minority of the American public -- 12% -- said they supported the actions of those people who took part in the riot.

Nearly 80 percent of adults, including two-thirds of Republicans and Trump voters, described the participants as either “criminals” or “fools.” Nine percent saw them as “concerned citizens” and 5% called them “patriots.”

An isolated Trump is cut off from Twitter, Facebook

An increasingly isolated and angry Trump was cut off by Twitter in the waning days of his term. The US social media company permanently cut off Trump’s personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers late on Friday, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.

Trump’s frequent use of Twitter was a key part of his campaign as he overhauled the Republican Party and beat Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency in 2016. Since then he has used it to fire up his political base, attacking those who opposed him.

Twitter has long resisted pressure to suspend Trump’s account. But after a “close review” of the president’s recent tweets, the company said on Friday evening it “had permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Facebook and Instagram also banned Trump “indefinitely” following the violence in Washington, DC.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that the president had used the platforms to “incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government".

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