Illinois lawmakers are reacting to impeachment proceedings that began Wednesday against President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, was inside the House chamber of the Capitol when a mob of violent Trump supporters breached the building Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop the counting of electoral votes to certify Joe Biden as president-elect.
Bustos told Yahoo Finance in a Wednesday morning interview she would vote to impeach the president because it was "a matter of really preserving our democracy."
"I can tell you that if we ignore this moment of what happened a week ago today — if we ignore this and do nothing about it, we certainly do not ever want this to happen again. Part of the motivation here is that we hold everybody who was involved in this, everybody who we can, hold them accountable."
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., issued a statement on Twitter Tuesday night.
"President Trump’s dangerous actions cannot be tolerated. He must be removed from office," Durbin said.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., also tweeted her support in removing Trump from office.
"Donald Trump is a fragile man with a fragile ego about to lose power and he can't stand it," Duckworth said.
Bustos also released a statement late Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
The 25th Amendment stipulates the president may be removed if the vice president and a majority of the president's cabinet agree that the president is unable to carry out the powers and duties of the office. If invoked, Pence would become acting president.
"If a leader cannot or will not lead, then he must resign or be removed. Last week, the President exhibited an unmistakable and grave failure of leadership," Bustos said. "Last week, our nation refused to bow down to domestic terrorists. Today, we will take the next step in removing from office a man who chose violence over patriotism. I urge Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment immediately so we may begin to deliver justice and our nation may begin to heal.”
After Pence signaled he would not invoke the 25th Amendment, Bustos told Yahoo Finance that the insurrectionists "wanted to kill people like me. They wanted to kill Nancy Pelosi. They wanted to kill Vice President Pence."
"These are people who are violent and crazed. And Donald Trump stirred them up — told them that he wanted to walk with them over to the Capitol," Bustos said.