Arizona professors call for President Trump’s removal after Capitol riots

Jan 7, 2021, 6:00 PM

PHOENIX – At least 10 political science professors from Arizona universities have signed a letter urging the U.S. Congress and Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

The letter urges the government to take action following Trump’s actions that led to protesters storming the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to certify the results of the presidential election for President-elect Joe Biden.

“The President’s actions show he is unwilling or unable to fulfill his oath to protect and defend the Constitution,” the letter read. “He should be removed from office immediately before further violence takes place or further damage is done to our democracy.”

The document explains that as political scientists, their profession is “to understand politics, not engage with it” but the professors signing on to the letter “share a commitment to democratic values.”

Members of Congress like Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have also called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Here is a list of the professors who have signed the letter as of Thursday afternoon:

  • Lori Poloni-Staudinger, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean at Northern Arizona University
  • Marija Bekafigo, Senior Lecturer at Northern Arizona University
  • Heather Smith-Cannoy, Associate Professor at Arizona State University
  • Cameron Thies, Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University
  • Scott Barclay, Professor at Arizona State University
  • Audrey Comstock, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University
  • Brian J. Gerber, Associate Professor at Arizona State University
  • Paul G. Lewis, Associate Professor at Arizona State University
  • Irasema Coronado, Director and Professor, School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Hilda McGready...

Silver Alert issued for 85-year-old woman who drove off from Arrowhead Mall in Glendale

A Silver Alert was issued Sunday for an 85-year-old woman with dementia who drove off from the Arrowhead Mall in Glendale, authorities said.
20 hours ago
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) walks to her office in the basement of the ...

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 21-23

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema being censured by the state’s Democratic party is among the biggest Arizona stories of the weekend.
20 hours ago
Barry Markson (Twitter photo/BarryMarkson1)...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank talks with practicing attorney and KTAR host Barry Markson

Practicing attorney and sometimes KTAR News 92.3 FM host Barry Markson joins this week's Think Tank to discuss his take on Biden’s recent speech and other topics.
20 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Wills Rice

Storm brings rain, strong wind gusts to metro Phoenix Saturday night

A storm rolled through metro Phoenix Saturday night, bringing rain and wind across the Valley.
20 hours ago
A Valley Metro Rail train drives through downtown on March 26, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Despite fe...

Phoenix receives $920K for 5-mile streetcar route development in Mesa

The city of Mesa on Friday received a $920,000 grant to manage the planning of a 5-mile streetcar route that would connect four activity centers within the municipality.
20 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department Photo)...

Phoenix police seek public’s help in identifying suspects who shot 2 teens in December

The Phoenix Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying three suspects who shot two 15-year-old teens in December.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

HVAC upkeep in Arizona saves money, keeps families prepared in the long run

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
Arizona professors call for President Trump’s removal after Capitol riots