ADL calls for removal of President Donald Trump from office

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Akeem Alao

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States, has called for the removal of President Donald Trump from office.

While making the call in a statement signed by its CEO and National Director, Jonathan Greenblatt, on Tuesday January 12, 2021, ADL stated the removal could be carried out either through the constitution or self resignation.

“As this week comes to a close, we must not allow the historic and horrific events of the past 48 hours to simply fade without significant consequences.

“In our over 100 years of history, ADL has never called for the President of the United States to be removed from office, but what occurred on Wednesday was inexcusable,” the statement reads.

It adds that it will forever be remembered as one of the darkest days of American democracy.

It continues that President Trump is unfit for office and needs to be removed.

ADL further stated that US can no longer tolerate white supremacists and far-right extremists marauding through the hallowed halls of one of our nation’s most sacred institutions.

It alleged that the assault on Capitol was incited by President Trump and organized on social media for all the world to see.

It therefore urged that his removal from office becomes imperative, following the shocking chaos that unfolded when pro-Trump extremists, including some identified right-wing extremists, stormed the U.S. Capitol building.

“In the wake of the siege, five people have been confirmed dead including a police officer who had been helping to stave off the rioters, one of the insurrectionists who had invaded the Capitol building and three others who have not yet been publicly identified,” ADL wrote in the statement.

“Among the extremists, there have been calls for further violence and even an all-out war.

“The violence and the disregard for the democratic process are a plague on our entire country — and it is something that ADL has sadly been warning about for much of the last year.

“This is why we began briefing law enforcement and elected officials in more than a dozen states back in October about the potential threat and dangerous actions extremists could take in the aftermath of the election,” ADL stated.

“There’s a dangerous mix of antisemitism and racism in these riots as well.

“We’ve seen ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirts, swastika flags, nooses and Heil Hitler salutes. All of this augurs badly for civil society and has echoes of what we witnessed in Charlottesville more than three years ago,” it added.

ADL also reiterated that it would continue to keep the US citizens and the rest of the ADL community informed about the latest developments in “this alarming and evolving situation.”

It said it would discuss this crisis with the young people, who may be shocked or fearful after viewing this news about political violence and extremism online and on television.

“We have put together an extensive discussion guide for parents and educators to use.

“We are reaching out via the national and local media to make sure that the country stands with us; you may find these new appearances on ABC News and CNBC helpful in analyzing the situation and sharing it with your peers and family.

“ADL analysts are looking into the affiliations and identities of the rioters who rallied on Wednesday in DC and in many cities across the country, and how they are spreading their plans and misinformation.

“We are tracking extremist reactions and assessing potential future threats. When that information may help law enforcement to disrupt potential dangers, we will share that information with them, as we did in over 1,000 cases in 2020,” it promised.

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