There is little doubt that what occurred on Wednesday in Washington will be talked about for decades to come, as Americans begin to come to grips with the import of the event itself.
For the first time since 1814, the US Capitol was besieged. That first incident came at the hands of the British during the War of 1812, and this week’s storming of the Capitol came courtesy of the MAGA wing of the Republican Party.
The seismic shock of the images seen on television around the world is now being reflected in a number of polls, many of which deal with the public perception of President Donald Trump in the wake of Wednesday.
A majority of the country believes President Donald Trump should be removed before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20 and two-thirds hold him accountable for the violent insurrection on Capitol Hill, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.
In the new survey, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, 56% of Americans think the sitting commander-in-chief should be removed from office before the official transfer of power in less than two weeks, while 43% say he should not. Among those who say Trump should not be removed immediately, nearly half (45%) nevertheless say his actions this week were wrong.
Ousting the current president before his term expires splits Americans along partisan lines, with 94% of Democrats and only 13% of Republicans supporting the move. A majority of independents — 58% — also back removing him.
President Trump has been elusive in recent days, after having been booted from Twitter and Facebook.
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