Donald Trump Removal Push Set to Widen Republican, Democrat Voter Divide

The push to remove President Donald Trump from office risks widening partisan divisions, with a clear split between Democrat and Republican voters on the issue.

Calls have mounted for Trump's power to be stripped following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 when his supporters stormed the building.

Vice President Mike Pence has been urged to invoke the 25th Amendment and install himself as acting president until Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are pushing for the commander-in-chief to be impeached. There is also some GOP support for Trump to be removed early.

However, polling has indicated that there is a stark divide between Democratic and Republican voters on the matter.

A YouGov poll conducted on January 6, as the events were unfolding, asked whether "it would be appropriate or inappropriate for Donald Trump to be removed from office immediately because of the actions of those storming the Capitol building?"

Fifty percent of all voters said it would be appropriate and 42 percent said it would not.

But among the Democrats polled, 83 percent said Trump should be removed while 85 percent of the Republicans who responded said he would not. YouGov polled 1,448 registered voters, including 1,397 who were aware of the events taking place in Washington, D.C.

It has been suggested that a motion to impeach Trump could be debated in the House on Friday.

Julie Norman, a lecturer in politics and international relations at University College London, said that although she thinks the House could impeach Trump, it is less likely the Senate would subsequently vote to remove the president.

Norman also suggested such a move could further the partisan split in the nation.

"The question remains as well if impeachment would just further rend the country, deepen divisions inside and outside Washington, stoke the grievances of Trump's base, and make things even harder for Biden, who reportedly has not advocated for pursuing impeachment as yet," Norman told Newsweek.

"Others are, of course, concerned about further dangerous actions by the president in his remaining days in office."

Referring to the polling that shows many Republicans do not think Trump should be removed, as well as some support for the riots at the Capitol, Norman added: "It's likely that an impeachment move, no matter how warranted, could ... deepen the commitment of Trump's base to the president, framing him once again as a martyr or victim. By extension, that will make many GOP lawmakers less likely to support his removal."

Biden has persistently spoken of his desire to unite the nation.

"I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify," he said in November after television networks declared him the election winner. "Who sees not red states and blue states, but the United States."

Newsweek has contacted the Biden transition team for comment on the potential removal of Trump. The White House also been contacted for comment.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Stop the Steal rally on January 6 in Washington, D.C. Calls for his removal from office have grown since the storming of the Capitol. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images