WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger on Wednesday called on Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet secretaries to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove President Trump from office.

This comes after a group of pro-Trump demonstrators breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers were convened to certify the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election.

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“It’s a sad day for our country. Every American has the right to peacefully protest. But what happened today was a violent insurrection that resulted in death, injury and insurmountable damage to our nation’s reputation on the world stage,” Ruppersberger said.

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The Congressman said the president has been “using dangerous rhetoric and false claims of a rigged election” and “encouraging his supporters to descend on Washington over the last several weeks.”

“President Trump incited an attempted coup and then – even after shots were fired – fanned the flames by repeating his baseless allegations of election fraud without a shred of evidence,” Ruppersberger said in a statement.

“While these offenses are impeachable, I believe the ability of the Vice President and cabinet secretaries to invoke the 25th Amendment – which would deem the President unable to discharge of his duties – is more expedient and appropriate at this time. President Trump should be removed from office now. He is a threat to our national security and a menace to democracy.”

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Ruppersberger added that “democracy will always win.”

CBS Baltimore Staff