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Muslim Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib look to impeach Trump following Capitol Building riot

Trump supporters stormed the building [Getty]

Date of publication: 7 January, 2021

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Several Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment after his supporters stormed the US Capitol.
The US' first Somali Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar is drawing up impeachment articles against Donald Trump following the violence led by his supporters at the Capitol Building that led to the death of one person.

Three other people had died in the flurry of violence due to "medical emergencies".

The congresswoman has joined a chorus of calls to have President Donald Trump impeached after Trump was accused of inciting the storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday.

The violent mob had forced their way into the Senate and House chambers forcing the democratic proceedings to be frozen as politicians were evacuated.

"I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment. Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate," Omar, a second-term Minnesota Democrat, tweeted on Wednesday.

"We can't allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfil our oath," Omar wrote.

Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib took to Twitter and echoed the words of Omar in demanding the removal of Trump from office, before his term expires on 20 January.

Referring to the violence at in the Capitol, Tlaib said: "This is on Donald Trump, period. He called folks to DC and gave them marching orders. He needs to be impeached and removed immediately."

Seven other Democrats have called for Trump to be removed from office.

Inciting violence

Videos in which Donald Trump rattles off accusations that the election was stolen from him were removed by Twitter and Facebook in an unprecedented move.

Twitter had already tagged his videos as containing misinformation.

Other social media platforms rushed to lock Trump's accounts as violence broke out in Washington.

Facebook stopped Trump from posting to his account for 24 hours, and Instagram, owned by Facebook, also locked the president's account.

Twitter blocked Trump for 12 hours and instructed him to delete three tweets the organisation said violated its guidelines.

Should he follow these instructions, his account will be unlocked on the understanding that should he violate such policies again, he will be permanently suspended from Twitter.

He had shared a video on social media on Tuesday urging his supporters to "go home".

However, Trump also legitimised the false narrative that pushed the rioters, calling the election "stolen" and sending his "love" to the violent mob.

On Wednesday, Trump again falsely claimed his "election victory" was "unceremoniously" and "viciously" stolen from him.

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