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Cuomo: 'I call on President Trump to resign'

Cuomo: 'I call on President Trump to resign'
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoConservative reporter confronts CNN's Jim Acosta at CPAC Overnight Health Care: FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson vaccine | CDC director warns decline in cases 'may be stalling' | Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' MORE (D) on Friday became the latest political leader to call for President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE to resign after a pro-Trump mob raided the Capitol on Wednesday.

I call on President Trump to resign,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter. “If he refuses, I call for impeachment.” 

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In a press conference, the governor voiced support for Trump’s resignation or possible impeachment, adding that he calls on “every New York federal elected official to call for President Trump’s immediate resignation.”

“Put principle over party. There’s no elected official that can look in the mirror and say ‘I condone what happened. I condone what the president did,’ ” he added, according to CBS’s Rochester-affiliate station, WROC-TV

“This was not a political rally or democracy in action,” he continued. “This was anarchy, an explosion of hate, the result of a leader — who for four years — appealed to the worst in people: Appealed to fear, racism, and discrimination.”

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“I ask you today, are you with the mob? New Yorkers don’t support mob-rule, racism, discrimination, anarchy — no New Yorker does,” the Democratic governor said. “And if they do, I don’t care if you’re a Republican, no elected official should support that.”

Cuomo had condemned the violence on Capitol Hill earlier in the week, calling the actions of the rioters who stormed the Capitol, destroyed windows and doors and ransacked offices “a failed attempt at a coup.” 

“We won’t let President Trump, those in Congress who enable him, or the lawless mob that stormed the Capitol steal our democracy,” he continued in a tweet. “The will of the American people will be carried out.”

In another tweet later that evening, Cuomo announced he was deploying 1,000 members of the New York National Guard to Washington, D.C., for up to two weeks to “aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power.” 

Many Democratic lawmakers and some GOP officials have joined calls for Trump to resign following Wednesday’s riots. Hours before the chaos, Trump had told supporters at a rally to march on Congress, citing his repeated unsubstantiated claims that the election was “stolen” from him. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Budget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' Capitol review to recommend adding more fencing, 1,000 officers: report MORE (D-Calif.) suggested House lawmakers would move to impeach the president if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials declined to remove Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment — a move that Pence reportedly opposes. 

Assistant House Speaker Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday said a vote to impeach Trump for the second time could happen as early as next week.

Wednesday’s riot has already led to the resignation of several administration officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden on COVID-19: Next year Americans will be 'better off' Buttigieg sets goals for electric, automated freight vehicles Ben Carson launches conservative think tank MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosMotorcade of Libyan interior minister attacked UN report says Erik Prince violated arms embargo against Libya: report Biden faces backlash from left on student loans MORE.

Five people died Wednesday amid the chaos, including a woman who was shot by a Capitol Police officer and an officer who died after suffering injuries when responding to the rioting. Both fatalities are under investigation.