20 NJ Republicans Skip Vote to Remove President Trump for Inciting Capitol Protest


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TRENTON, NJ – On Monday, New Jersey’s Democrat-led legislature held a vote to condemn President Donald J. Trump and to call for his immediate removal from office.   While just 8 Republicans voted against the resolution and in support of the President, 20 decided to play it safe and not vote.   47 of 51 Democrat legislators voted to condemn the President and 4 Democrats abstained from the vote.

You can view who voted and how they voted here.

Below is a resolution presented by NJ Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, Assemblyman Gary Schaer and Assemblywoman Shavondale Sumner:

Whereas, On January 6, 2021, President Donald J. Trump incited supremacist groups and other extremist supporters to occupy the United States Capitol in an attempt to disrupt and thwart the final certification of the 2020 presidential election; and

Whereas, These violent insurgents vandalized lawmakers’ offices and mockingly sat at the desk of the Speaker of the House; smashed in windows, looted art, and destroyed property; and infiltrated the chambers of the United States Senate, with one protestor shouting from the dais that “Trump won the election!”; and

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Whereas, Panicked lawmakers were forced to hide under their desks and in barricaded offices, don gas masks, and evacuate through tunnels to safety; and

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Whereas, This violent insurrection by a riotous mob resulted in the deaths of five people, including a United States Capitol Police officer who was a native of New Jersey, a woman shot by the Capitol Police, and three others who, according to the police, died in “medical emergencies”; and

Whereas, The United States Capitol is the seat of the federal government, the meeting place of the nation’s legislature, and an enduring national symbol of our representative democracy; and


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Whereas, This desecration of the United States Capitol, and everything for which it stands, is wholly unacceptable; and

Whereas, The domestic terrorists who participated in this attack on the United States Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election and thwart a peaceful transition of power should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; and

Whereas, This unprecedented attack on the United States Capitol, the United States Constitution, and the democratic process of the United States of America will forever be a stain on our history; and

Whereas, President Donald J. Trump has consistently violated his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the duties of the office of the President of  the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and has violated his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed; and

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Whereas, President Donald J. Trump has engaged in the unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate abuse of Presidential powers in a manner offensive to, and subversive of, the United States Constitution and the health, safety, and welfare of the public; and

Whereas, This House strongly urges that President Donald J. Trump resign from office, be removed from office for being unfit to serve as President pursuant to the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution, or be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors pursuant to Article 1 of the United States Constitution; now, therefore,

     Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

  1. This House strongly condemns President Trump and his extremist supporters who were incited by the President to lawlessly attack and occupy the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 and urges that President Donald J. Trump resign from office, be removed from office for being unfit to serve as President pursuant to the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution; or be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.
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  1. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of  State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly to the  President and Vice President of the United States; the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate; The Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives; and every member of Congress elected from this State.

STATEMENT

     This Assembly Resolution strongly condemns President Trump and his extremist supporters who were incited by the President to lawlessly attack and occupy the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.  The Assembly Resolution also urges that President Donald J. Trump resign from office, be removed from office for being unfit to serve as President pursuant to the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution; or be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.

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