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I have been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump (I’ve also praised policies and decisions I agreed with). I criticized his response to the Capitol riot that left five people dead. I think his refusal to concede until yesterday was nonsensical. I also believe that his efforts to persuade Congress to reject several state’s electors were harmful to our federalist system and unconstitutional.

Calls for Vice President Mike Pence and the president’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and talk about removing him through impeachment are wrongheaded and will only further divide us.

We are already severely divided as a nation, and members of Congress should seek to cool rather than turn up the temperature.

The president has less than two weeks left in his term. Also, President Trump has finally conceded the election and committed to a peaceful transition. Yes, I would have liked for him to do that much, much earlier. If he had, we perhaps would not have seen the shameful breach of our nation’s Capitol building.

The president’s cabinet should only invoke the 25th Amendment if the president cannot fulfill his duty. As a last resort, this is meant to remove a president who is no longer able to function due to a medical or mental health issue. It’s not meant to be used solely because one disagrees with the decisions the president makes.

No, a mean tweet about Vice President Pence and withdrawing the nomination to appoint Chad Wolf as Secretary of Homeland Security permanently does not qualify as a danger to national security. That nomination is worthless anyway, considering Wolf will be out of a job in a couple of weeks.

If President Trump starts talking about launching a war or initiating a nuclear attack, then let’s talk.

Also, talk of impeachment is nothing more than fodder for the Democratic base. It’s not going to happen, especially not with Trump’s term ending on January 20.

Just knock it off and ride the next two weeks out. Let’s not add fuel to the fire and make an embarrassing chapter in our history worse.

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  1. We are reaching a very dangerous time where anything said by a conservative, which some isolated individual or small group might use as excuse for violence, will be censored and the speaker ostracized or, in the President’s case, impeached. This is happening on Twitter and Facebook right now with respect to anyone daring to mention election fraud. With respect to the President’s so-called “incitement” of “sedition”, President Trump never called for force, violence, or overthrow of government. He made only the following comments on the Capitol during his speech prior to the invasion of the Capitol:

    “We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.

    “We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

    When he learned the Capitol had been violated, he twice called for the invaders to respect the police. His tweet calling for them to peacefully leave and return home was deleted by Twitter because he dared to mention the forbidden topic of election fraud and illegality. He has now been banned from Twitter and Facebook as have thousands of conservatives.

    If such statements can be legitimately used to make the wild impeachment charges supported by Nancy Pelosi and others, then, as a practical matter, the First Amendment is well on the way to being destroyed with respect to the President and anyone else.

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