Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has called on President Donald Trump to resign in the wake of the Capitol Hill incident last week.
During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked Toomey if he agreed with his colleague Alaksa GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who said Trump should resign.
“Yeah, I do,” he replied. “I think at this point with just a few days left, it’s the best path forward. The best way to get this person in the rearview mirror for us that could happen immediately. I’m not optimistic it will. But I think that would be the best way forward.”
Murkowski said in an interview: “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”
“I think he should leave. He said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president,” the senator said.
“He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing,” she said.
“If the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
Several other Republicans have made similar comments in recent days.
Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott tweeted: “Make no mistake, the President of the United States is responsible for this event. President Trump has orchestrated a campaign to cause an insurrection that overturns the results of a free, fair, and legal election. There is no doubt that the President’s delusion, fabrication, self-interest, and ego have led us – step by step – to this very low, and very dangerous, a moment in American history. Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.”
Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan also called for Trump’s removal or resignation.
“I think there’s no question that America would be better off if the president would resign or be removed from office and if Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, would conduct a peaceful transition of power over the next 13 days until President [Joe] Biden is sworn in,” he said.