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Congress should censure Donald Trump - even if it means little to him | READER COMMENTARY

Democrats in Congress are laying plans to impeach President Donald Trump and ensure that an “unhinged” commander in chief — in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words — can do no further damage in his remaining days in office. They are trying to send a message to the nation, and the world, that mob violence at the Capitol this past week that was inspired by the White House will not stand.
Democrats in Congress are laying plans to impeach President Donald Trump and ensure that an “unhinged” commander in chief — in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words — can do no further damage in his remaining days in office. They are trying to send a message to the nation, and the world, that mob violence at the Capitol this past week that was inspired by the White House will not stand. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Most people who view President Donald Trump as a danger and an utter embarrassment to the nation have stated that he must go before Jan. 20. Indeed, that would be nice. But go how (”Trump must go: Congress or his Cabinet must remove him from office before he injures another American,” Jan. 6)?

A gentleman would resign. Mr. Trump is not nor has he ever been a gentleman, so forget that option. Unfortunately, the 25th Amendment is open to interpretation. Is this president able to fulfill his presidential duties, or is he truly “unhinged,” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated? Actually, the point is moot because Vice President Mike Pence must be on board along with Cabinet members.

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Even if enough anti-Trump senators could be mustered to make a go of it, impeachment proceedings drag on for weeks. That option seems dead. The only real consequence that can be meted out for President Trump’s treachery in inciting an insurrection is a censure in the strongest terms possible. This action is a must for Congress, placing a black mark that will stay indelibly on Mr. Trump’s record detailing his inflammatory pronouncements over time and his speech to the mob prior to its breach of the Capitol.

This congressional censure is serious but, considering what he deserves, will probably come as a hiccup to President Trump who after Jan. 20 will skate away from big trouble once again, just as he has been allowed to do over the last four years. His theme song might well be “I’m still standing” as he heads out, not toward oblivion but toward some new platform from which to vent his anger and attempt to incite the 50 or 60 million who still adore him to take America back in 2024. Time will tell.

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Bruce R. Knauff, Towson

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