WASHINGTON DC, USA – JANUARY 6: Security forces block the entrance after supporters of US President Donald Trump breached the security of the US Capitol in Washington DC, USA on January 6, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers allowed them to sign President-elect Joe Biden's election victory Wednesday in a routine process heading towards inauguration day. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The head of the National Association of Manufacturers, a group of 14,000 companies in the US, on Wednesday called on Vice President Mike Pence to “think seriously” about invoking the 25th amendment to the constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office remove.
The 25th amendment states that the vice-president can become acting president if he and a majority in the cabinet declare that the president can no longer hold office. However, if the President denies this statement, it will take two-thirds of the House and Senate to override and remove it.
Two US Democratic officials were working on a letter from Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday asking them to appeal the change, according to NBC News.
The trade group condemned clashes in Washington that interrupted a congressional meeting to count the results of the electoral college and officially proclaim Joe Biden president. The events on Wednesday are "not the vision of America that the manufacturers believe in".
The statement came as the Business Roundtable and leaders like Citi CEO Michael Corbat and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff condemned the actions.
Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the group and former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, pointed out the millions of people in manufacturing working to fight the coronavirus pandemic that sparked an economic recession.
Last year the group presented Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump with an award for "extraordinary support" of manufacturing in America.
Here is the full statement from Timmons:
"Violent armed protesters who support outgoing President Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he won an election that he largely lost, stormed the US Capitol today and attacked police officers and first responders for refusing to defeat a free and fair election. Throughout this disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered on by members of his own party, which has added fuel to the suspicion that has ignited violent anger. This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob- Rule. It's Dangerous The outgoing president instigated violence to keep power, and any elected leader who defends him violates his constitutional oath and rejects democracy in favor of anarchy. Anyone indulging in conspiracy theories, um Raising campaign dollars is complicit, Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, is said to be We are seriously considering working with the cabinet to get the 25th amendment to President ve democracy.
This is not the vision of America that manufacturers believe in and work so hard to defend. Across America today, millions of manufacturing workers are helping our nation fight the deadly pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands. We are trying to rebuild an economy and save and rebuild lives. But none of this will matter if our leaders refuse to fend off this attack on America and our democracy – for our system of government, which underpins the way we live, will collapse. "
CLOCK: Protesters storm the US Capitol and interrupt the voting