Hawaii GOP condemns rioters at US Capitol and Trump impeachment

Hawaii GOP condemns rioters at US Capitol and Trump impeachment

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The death toll from the Capitol siege rose to five Thursday with the passing of a police officer who fought with rioters.

Authorities say nearly 60 officers were hurt.

Many Hawaii Republicans are shocked over the chaos that occurred on Capitol Hill Wednesday but does not believe the president should be impeached.

“I don’t think he should be impeached. Donald Trump is my president and until he passes over the torch to Biden peacefully, he’s still going to be my president and he’s everybody else’s president whether you like it or not,” said Trump supporter Reno Remigio Jr.

“If the House does meet to re-impeach him, the votes won’t pass in the Senate. They need a two-thirds vote, it’s not going to happen. It’s 50/50 right now. So, I think we should all just sit back and wait for the 20th and have a peaceful transition of power then,” said Honolulu County Republican Party Vice Chair Diamond Garcia.

With just 13 days left in office, President Trump finally acknowledged his defeat.

But Hawaii’s congressional delegation wants him gone before then.

“President Trump is a national disgrace. I don’t trust anything that President Trump says at this point. Thirteen is 13 days too long,” said U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele.

“We’ve never seen anything like this. It was an insurrection. It was a mob scene. It’s people who came to do damage, and they did. People died people were hurt, people were taken to the hospital,” said U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.

Kahele said he has already signed articles of impeachment against the president, but if that doesn’t work, they are pushing to flex the 25th amendment.

Hirono wants investigations, arrests and prosecutions regarding the destruction in which five people died, including a Capitol Police Officer.

In the aftermath, several top officials have resigned including the Transportation Secretary and Education Secretary.

No president has ever been forcibly removed from office constitutionally, nor have any been impeached twice.

Even some of his supporters admit changes need to be made.

“The actions yesterday really shook me, and moving forward, I just don’t know at this point if Trump support is good for the GOP nationally and or here in Hawaii,” Garcia said.

Senator Brian Schatz issued a statement calling Trump “a danger to democracy.”

Congressman Ed Case said he is urging the Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment and is looking at impeachment proposals.

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