Lofgren Urges Support for Activating 25th Amendment on House Floor

January 12, 2021
Press Release
“We are at a true crossroads for our American democracy”

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the below remarks during House Floor debate on H.Res. 21, Calling Upon Vice President Pence to Mobilize the Cabinet to Activate the 25th Amendment to Remove the President from Office:


Her remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:

“M. Speaker, last week, as we counted the Electoral College votes I said, ‘this day marks a crossroads for our American democracy.’

“We didn’t know what an ominous statement that was then. We do now.

“Congress was attacked by a violent mob, incited by the President, to stop us from doing our Constitutional job. The President not only encouraged the mob, he said he loved them and made no serious effort to stop them.

“Lives were lost and put in danger. Constitutional government was urgently threatened. The President’s actions were not only wrong – they were dangerous.

“He lives in an alternate reality. He is a continuing threat to America. Vice President Pence should invoke the 25th Amendment, assume Presidential duties until the inauguration next week and save us from a President who is unable to function, unable protect our country.

“I urge all, including my Republican colleagues, to put politics aside. Act to secure the safety of our country. We are at a true crossroads for our American democracy."