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Fort Wayne residents sound off about prospect of President Trump being removed from office early

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President Trump indicates he will not attend the inauguration ceremony for Democrat Joe Biden.

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Did President Trump incite the violence we saw unfold at the U.S. Capitol Building this week?

Is he unfit to continue to serve as commander-in-chief for the remaining days of his presidency?

Those are questions members of Congress, the president's inner circle, and citizens across the United States are contemplating just days before Democrat Joe Biden is scheduled to be sworn-in as the nation's 46th president.

CNN reported Friday that House Democrats were planning to introduce new articles of impeachment against President Trump as soon as Monday.

But it's highly unlikely that process could get resolved before January 20th and thus result in Trump being removed from office before the president is set to hand over power to Biden anyway.

Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne says there are legal and logistical hurdles that make it tough to invoke the 25th Amendment and deem President Trump mentally incapacitated and thus unfit to continue to lead the country as his term winds down.

The views of people in Fort Wayne on this emotionally charged subject are all over the map.

"I do not agree that President Trump should be removed from office early. I think the 20th of January should be his last full day on the job," said David Beer.

"He's off the rail. So whatever they can do to get him out in the next what 12, 13 days. Somebody suggested he go to Mar-a-Lago and play golf and keep his mouth shut and that would be fine with us," said Joan Garman.

"There was people that was supporting him and a few bad apples got in the Capitol Building and I just feel like they're doing all they can to give him (the president) another black eye," said Chuck Harris.

"Oh God help us. Who knows what he's capable of doing. It scares the hell out of me because he has his finger on the nuclear codes," said Gary Hermes, who wants President Trump removed from office as soon as possible.

President Trump is indicating he has no intention of taking part in Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.

Former Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama are planning to be there.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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