Trump can be overthrown

Trump could be overthrown before the end of his term in office

After Donald Trump's rioting fans storm the US Capitol, more and more Republicans are moving away from the current US President, and calls for Trump to be overthrown are getting louder.

Critics blame Trump for the violent storming of the Capitol: The president, who still does not recognize his electoral defeat on November 3, has been fueling tensions for months and called on his supporters to march on Congress with lashing words on Wednesday. It is feared that Trump could cause even more mischief in his final days in office. He is still in office until election winner Biden is sworn in on January 20th.

According to media reports, high-ranking members of the Trump administration have discussed a possible disempowerment, and the Democrats of future President Joe Biden have also called for such a step. Could the outgoing president actually lose his office as US president before January 20? Experts point out two options:

Trump is declared incapacitated

The president could be removed from his own cabinet led by Vice President Mike Pence. This is recorded in the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which deals with the possibility that “the President is incapable of exercising the powers and duties of his office”. Such a step is provided in the event of serious illness or mental problems of the President. According to the US media, several cabinet members of the Trump administration are already discussing the possibility of removing Trump from office in this way. Pence and the cabinet would have to send a statement to Congress that Trump was unable to carry out his duties. If the president denies this, they would have four days to justify their assessment.

In fact, since Trump's November 3 election defeat, the impression of a loss of reality on the part of the president has been increasing. The news channel CNN quoted Republican leaders after the storming of Congress as saying that Trump was "out of control".

First, Vice President Pence would take over the president's office, but Trump could oppose his impeachment with a counter-declaration. Ultimately, the decision would have to be made by Congress with a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House of Representatives; it would have 21 days to do so. The procedure could therefore not be completed before Trump's term in office ends on January 20 anyway.

Is a new impeachment possible?

Trump faced impeachment proceedings back in December 2019 when House Democrats formally accused him of abuse of power and obstructing their investigation into the Ukraine affair. However, the Republicans prevented the impeachment with their majority in the Senate in February 2020.

In fact, another impeachment could be initiated, as only a simple majority of the 435 votes in the House of Representatives is necessary. And according to the US Constitution, a president can be removed from office for "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors". A simple majority in the House of Representatives would be sufficient to bring charges against Trump. A two-thirds majority in the Senate would then be required for an actual removal from office. However, a new impeachment is currently highly unlikely.