CEDARVILLE, Ohio — One day after a riot broke out at the U.S. Capitol in Washington by pro-Trump supporters, many lawmakers are publicly calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Donald Trump in response.
Among those who are advocating for Trump's removal are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Ohio's Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
During his COVID-19 media briefing on Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was asked for his thoughts on invoking the 25th Amendment.
"I would simply say that we're down to 13 days until the new president takes office at noon on January 20th. Invoking the 25th Amendment is something that we would not want to see happen. I believe it would stoke the fires of people who believe it (the presidential election) was a conspiracy and would lessen faith in our system," DeWine said.
"It would cause more division than healing."
At the height of the violence Wednesday, President Trump urged supporters to “go home” but continued to push out false attacks about the presidential election in a video message.
"There's never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us -- from me, from you, from our country," he said. "This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So, go home. We love you. You're very special. You've seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace."
3News' Russ Mitchell asked DeWine for his thoughts on the president's video message during an interview on Wednesday evening. "The statement from the president would've certainly have been better if it just was a call to go home. That's what the statement should have said," DeWine said.
As far as how responsible Trump is for the violence that took place at the Capitol, DeWine stated that 'history will decide how much responsibility' that the president will have.
DeWine, who served as a co-chair of Trump's re-election committee in Ohio, does not have any regrets about being a supporter of the president. "I like who he's put on the Supreme Court. I think he's been good for our economy. I think he's looked out for the United States on trade issues. But it's time to move on. Joe Biden has been elected President of the United States and is going to be sworn-in in two weeks."
With Trump departing office in two weeks, what does the governor think his political ally's legacy will be?
"I'm not good at writing history. If you want to know that, see what historians say in 15, 20 or a hundred years from now. I'm not going to do that," DeWine said.
You can watch Gov. Mike DeWine's Thursday briefing in the player below: