Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 58° Clear
News >  Nation/World

Hundreds of historians call for Trump’s removal from office

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021

This combination photo shows Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, from left, Ron Chernow, Garry Wills and Jon Meacham, who are among hundreds of historians who have signed an open letter calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office. The letter comes after last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.  (STF)
This combination photo shows Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, from left, Ron Chernow, Garry Wills and Jon Meacham, who are among hundreds of historians who have signed an open letter calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office. The letter comes after last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. (STF)
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Pulitzer-Prize winners Garry Wills, Ron Chernow, Jon Meacham and Stacy Schiff are among hundreds of historians who have signed an open letter calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

“By fomenting violence against the Congress and seeking to subvert constitutional democracy, which resulted in the killing of a Capitol police officer and the deaths of several rioters, Trump has violated his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” the letter, released online Monday, reads in part. “He is a clear and present danger to American democracy and the national security of the United States.”

The letter’s principal drafters were Sean Wilentz, Sidney Blumenthal and David Greenberg. Others endorsing it include Douglas Brinkley, David Blight, Mary Beth Norton, Rick Atkinson, Diane McWhorter and Rick Perlstein.

With days left in Trump’s presidency, the Democratic-led House of Representatives is preparing to impeach Trump this week. Trump would face a single charge — “incitement of insurrection” — over the riot at the Capitol, according to a draft of the articles obtained by The Associated Press.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.