Friday, January 8, 2021

WSJ Editorial Demands Trump Resign

The Wall Street Journal editorial board has joined the chorus of those in the media demanding Donald Trump resign as president, reports The Wrap.

“This goes beyond merely refusing to concede defeat. In our view it crosses a constitutional line that Mr. Trump hasn’t previously crossed. It is impeachable,” the Journal wrote. “If Mr. Trump wants to avoid a second impeachment, his best path would be to take personal responsibility and resign.”

The editorial, a stunning rebuke coming from a Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, comes a day after Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol in a last-gasp bid to overturn the election he lost to Joe Biden. The ensuing melee on Wednesday afternoon forced congressmembers to evacuate and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a U.S. Capitol police officer. Congress formally certified Biden’s victory in the early hours of Thursday.

Even so, multiple lawmakers — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — called for Trump to be removed from office, either by impeachment or invoking the 25th amendment.

This isn’t the first time the Wall Street Journal — which, for much of Trump’s presidency, supported the Republican commander-in-chief — has gone against Trump. In an editorial last month, the board called the then-upcoming attempt by some Republicans to challenge election results and get votes for Biden thrown out “embarrassing.”

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