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Geraldo Rivera says loyalty to Trump was misplaced, calls for presidents impeachment

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/01/13/president-donald-trump-impeachment-trial-celebrities-react/6653211002/

As the House of Representatives convened Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time during his term, celebrities are flocking to social media to share their thoughts about the process.

On Tuesday night, the House passed a nonbinding measure calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office for inciting a riot.

The House is moving to hold Trump accountable for his part in the takeover of the Capitol last week by rioters trying to stop Congress from counting the presidential election results. The impeachment article could be approved as early as this afternoon.

Longtime friend and Trump supporter Geraldo Rivera shared a two-minute video to Twitter where he expressed that he was forced to reevaluate his loyalty to the president and called for his impeachment. 

“As often happens with me relatively late last night, I had a eureka moment that my loyalty to Donald Trump, my old friend, was misplaced when it comes to what happened last Wednesday a week ago to the Capitol,” Rivera said. “I wrote: ‘A loyal friend hounded without mercy by Democrats intent on destroying him day one… but then he lost the election and losing the election made Donald Trump crazy. It revealed the dysfunction in him that I refused to see.” 

Rivera continued noting how former President Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about sexual escapades and Trump should be impeached for inciting a deadly riot.

Actor Billy Baldwin responded to Rivera’s message in a quote tweet.

“Geraldo… you’re full of (expletive),” Baldwin wrote. “Anybody in New York as far back as the early 1980s knew that Trump was a lying, thin skinned, vindictive, narcissistic, corrupt, incompetent, unqualified thief. You enabled this. You are complicit. #ImpeachTrumpAgainNOW” 

Kerry Washington shared Mark Ruffalo’s tweet calling for the ban of Trump on YouTube adding that we need to hold the president “accountable for spreading misinformation.”

“Today feels like a good day to #RemoveTrump. Yesterday would have been better, but today will do,” she tweeted separately.

Filmmaker Rob Reiner also called for impeachment.

“Every Republican knows the election was not stolen. Every Republican knows Trump is guilty of inciting the deadly attack on our Democracy,” he wrote. “Every Republican knows Trump is mentally unstable. Every Republican knows what must be done. Impeachment Conviction.”

Rosie O’Donnell shared one of Reiner’s tweets with the message: “impeach the psycho ❤️ #ImpeachAndConvictTrump”

Bette Midler tweeted a short letter to Trump.

“Dear Donnie, Well, the bus is coming and I believe that cute #MitchMcConnell is the one who will be throwing you under it! It’s sure to be crowded, since you have thrown an entire nation under it, but I’m sure folks will move over and make plenty of room for you, #Stinky,” Midler wrote.

Contributing: Nicholas Wu and Christal Hayes

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