The Archbishop of Wales has called for US President Donald Trump to be removed from power after his supporters stormed the US Capitol Building in Washington DC – with four deaths.
The Most Rev John Davies, who has been Archbishop of Wales since 2017, also called on the UK Government to condemn President Trump.
Mr Trump was beaten by Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election, held in November.
However, Mr Biden has not yet officially replaced Mr Trump as President. This will only happen after Mr Biden’s inauguration ceremony, which will take place on January 20.
The President has made repeated and unproven claims of voter fraud following his defeat.
The Most Rev John Davies said: “For a number of years, the President of the United States has shown himself and has been shown by others to be a person of questionable morals, judgement and wisdom.
“He has been given to inflammatory rhetoric and intemperate, prejudicial public statements. Now, in recent days, he has shown himself to be possessed of a shameful self-image which, he evidently believes, permits him to ignore the democratic processes of his country and the democratically expressed will of its people.
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“It is with such a mindset and self-image that he chose, yesterday [January 6], to incite others to engage in behaviour which has resulted in mayhem, injury and death at the Capitol. His country and its people deserved and deserve better.”
He called for “those in a position to do so” to invoke the 25th Amendment – which would strip Mr Trump of power.
“This would be no empty gesture, because no politician has a right to determine that they are unaccountable for their behaviour. When such behaviour is so gross, obvious and anti-democratic, it should not be allowed to pass.”
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