The National Association of Manufacturers soon after released an extraordinary statement from its president, Jay Timmons, saying Vice President Pence “should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment to preserve democracy.”
The amendment allows for the president to be replaced if the leader is unable to do his job, for a variety of reasons, either temporarily or permanently. Although the amendment previously had been floated by anti-Trump political groups as an extreme solution to his presidency, it is remarkable that it was now being suggested by the mainstream trade organization representing 14,000 companies nationwide.
“This is not law and order,” Timmons said in his statement about what occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday. “This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and should be treated as such.”
Timmons also said anyone “indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit.”