NewsLocal News


Rep. Sharice Davids calls for 25th Amendment to remove Trump

Congress Electoral College
Electoral College Protests
Electoral College Protests
Posted at 2:22 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 23:59:23-05

10: 58 p.m. | Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids has called for the 25th Amendment to be used to remove President Donald Trump as the top leader of the United States.

"We will have a new President on Jan. 20, but we cannot trust Donald Trump to uphold his oath of office over the next 14 days," Davids said in a tweet Wednesday night. "Our democracy, safety, and security is at stake."

10:20 p.m. | Four people have died following the protests that turned into riots at the US Capitol on Wednesday. One was a woman who police shot, and the three other deaths resulted from medical emergencies, according to an Associated Press report.

8:25 p.m. | Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley held firm in his position to object to the Electoral College vote certifying President-Elect Joe Biden as the winner in the presidential election.

"To those who say that this is just a formality, today, an antique ceremony that we've engaged in for a couple of 100 years, I can't say that I agree," Hawley said. "I can't say that our precedents suggest that I actually think it's very vital when the opportunity to be heard, to register objections, is very vital because this is the place where those objections are to be hear and dealt with, debated and finally resolved in this lawful means. Peacefully, without violence, without attacks, without bullets and so Mr President, let me just say now briefly in lieu of speaking about a later word about Pennsylvania, which is a state that I have been focused on objected to as an example of why people are concerned, millions of Americans concerned about our election integrity, say the Pennsylvania."

Following Hawley's remarks, Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas took to Twitter to disagree with remarks made about voting in Pennsylvania.

8:08 p.m. | Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall said that he still plans to object to the Electoral College vote to certify Joe Biden as president of the United States.

"I want my fellow Kansans and all Americans to know that I've given as much consideration and thoughts surrounding the issue objecting to a state's electoral college votes as I did, considering the treatment plan for a serious health concern," Marshall said. "And today's decision once again is from my heart."

7:56 p.m. | Former President Barack Obama issued a statement about the storming of the U.S. Capitol, saying that "we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise."

7:48 p.m. | Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids announced she is returning to the Capitol to certify the 2020 presidential election.

6:44 p.m. | According to the Washington, D.C., police chief at least five weapons were recovered and 13 people were arrested during the Capitol riots.

6 p.m. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress will resume the Electoral College proceedings once the Capitol is cleared of pro-Donald Trump protesters and safe for use.

Pelosi said she made the decision Wednesday in consultation with the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the vice president, who will preside.

She noted the day would always be “part of history,” but now it would be “as such a shameful picture of our country was put out into the world.”

Trump supporters breached the Capitol building and clashed with law enforcement before disrupting Congress’ tallying of the Electoral College votes. Trump has repeatedly told his supporters that the November election was stolen from him, even though that is not true. —Associated Press

5:45 p.m. | Republican Sen. Ben Sasse is directly blaming President Trump for the storming of the Capitol by huge, angry crowds of pro-Trump protesters.

The Nebraska lawmaker and frequent critic of Trump said Wednesday evening that the Capitol “was ransacked while the leader of the free world cowered behind his keyboard — tweeting against his Vice President for fulfilling the duties of his oath to the Constitution.”

"This is not how we peacefully transfer power," Sasse said.

5:36 p.m. | Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is blaming President Donald Trump for inciting a violent “insurrection” at the Capitol.

Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee and a frequent critic of Trump's, said the violent breach of the Capitol on Wednesday was “due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months.″

The Utah senator said those who continue to support Trump’s “dangerous gambit” by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election “will forever be seen as complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy.″

Romney ridiculed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans who want an “audit” of the election results: “Please! No Congressional led audit will ever convince those voters, particularly when the president will continue to claim the election was stolen.”

The simple truth, Romney said, “is that President-elect (Joe) Biden won this election. President Trump lost.″ —Associated Press

5:30 p.m. | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on social media that "America is better than what we saw today."

"The storming of the U.S. Capitol today is unacceptable. Lawlessness and rioting — here or around the world — is always unacceptable," Pompeo, a Republican and former Kansas congressman, said in a series of tweets. "I have travelled to many countries and always support the right of every human being to protest peacefully for their beliefs and their causes. But violence, putting at risk the safety of others including those tasked with providing security for all of us, is intolerable both at home and abroad."

5:05 p.m. | Late Wednesday afternoon, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's office issued a statement from the governor condemning the acts of violence at the U.S. Capitol.

The full statement reads: "Acts of violence or destruction — especially when targeted at law enforcement and members of the press — is unacceptable. Now more than ever, we need to come together and fight this virus — not each other."

4:55 p.m. | Retired FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Tabman told 41 Action News that he's highly concerned by what appeared to be a lack of preparation by law enforcement ahead of the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Tabman said he believed there should have been stronger barricades in place around the building, especially since a protest there had been expected.

"Someone on the law enforcement side is going to be held accountable," said Tabman, who spent 24 years with the FBI. "These officers were not trained, they were not prepared either for planning against it happening or planning for when something broke loose. You have to train, you have to be prepared, and this was predictable."

4:40 p.m. | Newly sworn-in U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, says legislators need to return to the Capitol and finish their electoral work tonight.

4:03 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson addressed the riot during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, saying he's a "law and order guy."

"Let me just tell you this, whether it was in the middle of summer here in Missouri, whether it’s in Washington D.C., whether what you seen what happened at (Sen.) Josh Hawley’s house last night with his wife, I am a law and order guy," Parson said. "I don’t care what you present to be your cause you’re under, you don’t violate the law. There’s rules and regulations and you have to abide by ‘em. That’s what I do believe."

When asked whether President Trump had emboldened the rioters' behavior, Parson replied, "absolutely not."

"My point of it is, if they’re doing things, if they’re violating the law, don’t do it," Parson said. "Go back outside and protest."

3:57 p.m. | Calls for the impeachment of Trump began amid the riots.

U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 5th District, said on Twitter that she is drawing up articles of impeachment.

3:52 p.m. | Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt released a statement condemning the violence at the Capitol.

“The lawlessness at the U.S. Capitol today is sickening, shameful, inexcusable and counterproductive," Schmidt said in a press release. "I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. This riot, like others before it over the past year, offends the law and order we fight to preserve every day, and it insults the men and women who fought and died for our Constitution and who serve the rule of law. America resolves even our most profound differences through democratic debate, through judicial processes, and sometimes through genuinely peaceful protest, but never through violence.”

3:50 p.m. | The FBI has sent a SWAT team inside of the Capitol building to assist with managing the riot.

3:33 p.m. | Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, finally issued a statement about the ongoing Capitol riots via his press office's Twitter account.

"Thank you to the brave law enforcement officials who have put their lives on the line," Hawley said in the tweet. "The violence must end, those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted, and Congress must get back to work and finish its job."

3:27 p.m. | 41 Action News spoke with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Missouri, over the phone. Cleaver once again said he's safe and in a secure location.

"I'm shuttered in, embarrassed for our country, this probably the worst day for democracy since the Civil War," Cleaver said in the phone interview. "This is not something that not only I ever thought I'd see, I don't think our enemies ever believed this could happen."

3:13 p.m. | Both Republican senators from Kansas condemned the rioting Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, where Congress had convened to certify the Electoral College results.

Sen. Jerry Moran called the violent scene, including a mob that breached the Capitol and stormed the congressional chambers, "unacceptable and unpatriotic."

Sen. Roger Marshall, another Kansas Republican who won a contentious election to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts, called the riots at the U.S. Capitol "unreasonable and unacceptable," adding that "I condemn it at the highest level. American needs to know we will not be deterred by violence."

He also thanked law enforcement for their efforts to restore order.

3:03 p.m. | Rep. Jake LaTurner, a newly elected Republican from Kansas, issued a strong rebuke of the U.S. Capitol riot.

"The lawless behavior at the U.S. Capitol is reprehensible and has no place in our country," he said on Twitter. "This is a stain on American history, and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms." The congressman later added, "This is un-American and an utter betrayal of that founding principle. This must stop now."

Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican and the first senator to say he would object to the Electoral College certification process, has yet to condemn the violence.

He tweeted shortly before 12:30 p.m. that he looked forward to objecting before Congress to certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Hawley also was spotted earlier in the day acknowledging protesters outside the Capitol before the rioting started.

He made headlines earlier in the week for claiming that "Antifa scumbags" had harassed his family at the Hawleys' Virginia home, but later backed off claims that his residence had been vandalized.

2:55 p.m. | Vice President Mike Pence called for an end to the violence at the U.S. Capitol on social media, while President Trump largely remained silent.

"The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now," Pence said. "Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building."

He added in a reply to his original tweet that "peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Early on Wednesday, Pence published a letter explaining why he would not unilaterally attempt to overturn the Electoral College certification, citing his duty under the U.S. Constitution.

2:37 p.m. | Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat from Kansas, tweeted that she is safe and sheltering in place amid riots at the U.S. Capitol.

"Today is a dark day for our country," she said. "It's unacceptable that we have a President who has repeatedly condoned and even encouraged this despicable behavior. It must stop."

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat from Missouri who represents Kansas City, also said he's safe and locked down in a secure location.

"The country that I am seeing on television is unrecognizable to me," he said. "I will continue to pray for the safety of my colleagues and the Capitol Police Officers."

Rep. Ron Estes, a Kansas Republican, said "violence of any kind if unacceptable" in response to the riots.

Rep. Ann Wagner, a Missouri Republican, also reacted to "the violent riots" on Twitter, calling them "despicable" and calling on Trump "to take decisive action immediately to stop this seditious behavior."

She added a second tweet that read, "These riots are nothing more than an attempt to disrupt our democratic process. While I am safe, I am praying for all those in harm’s way."

2:31 p.m. | Kansas Capitol Police said protests inside the statehouse were part of a planned rally.

A group called the Patriot Coalition filed a permit for a rally Wednesday inside and outside the Kansas State Capitol in support of President Trump.

The rally was scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m., according to Kansas Capitol Police spokesman Lt. Terry Golightley.

Officers with the department were on hand as part of a routine security detail and there were “no issues noted” during the rally.

The Kansas Legislature isn’t currently in session, so state congressional delegates weren’t at the state capitol building. — TP

2:20 p.m.| Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt called the riots "shameful."

EARLIER | Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to pressure lawmakers to not accept Electoral College votes.

Rioters broke through barricades and made their way inside the U.S. Capitol.

The U.S. Capitol is now on lockdown and lawmakers were told to put on masks as tear gas was deployed in the Capitol Rotunda.

President Trump has urged rioters to remain peaceful.

Demonstrations have made their way to Kansas and Missouri.

In Kansas, KSNT reports that protesters also have made their way into the Kansas statehouse. Kansas Capitol Police said the protest was planned.

In Missouri, protesters also made their way to the state Capitol, though there are no reports of any protesters inside the building yet.