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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 CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin New York lawmakers pass bill allowing gender-neutral 'X' on state ID Republican NY state senator: Single-payer health care bill won't get a vote this week MORE (D) on Friday became the latest political leader to call for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar 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 signals no further action against Omar Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday said a vote to impeach Trump for the second time could happen as early as next week.

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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.