Says Trump fuels “white-supremacist grievances”
In an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signalled her support for the current drive by Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump.
On Monday, a single impeachment article was introduced in the lower chamber of Congress after House Republicans blocked a request by Democrats to unanimously pass a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
“Removing Trump from office is essential, and I believe he should be impeached”, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate wrote, also demanding the resignation of “members of Congress who joined him [the US president] in subverting our democracy.”
She referred to the violent events in Washington on Wednesday, when Trump supporters breached the Capitol, describing it as “the tragically predictable result of white-supremacist grievances fueled by President Trump”.
Last year, POTUS said that he “condemns all white supremacists” and that he denounces the Proud Boys, an organisation classified by the FBI as an “extremist group.”
Clinton did not think twice before claiming that Wednesday’s events, just like the 9/11 attack, took place due to a “failure of imagination”.
In the current situation, it was “a failure to account for the damage that can be done to our nation by a president who incites violence, congressional leaders who fan the flames, and social media platforms that sear conspiracy theories into the minds of Trump’s supporters,” the ex-secretary of state asserted.
She praised Twitter and “other companies” for making “the right decision to stop Trump from using their platforms, but they will have to do more to stop the spread of violent speech and conspiracy theories”, she noted. Clinton also urged President-elect Joe Biden “to address this crisis in all its complexity and breadth, including holding technology platforms accountable”.