LOS ANGELES –Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), issued the following statement calling for the immediate removal of Donald J. Trump from the United States presidency through the 25th Amendment or via impeachment and conviction:

“Yesterday’s events at the Capitol — including an unprecedented attempt to end democracy in the United States — resulted directly from the ongoing narcissistic lies and demagoguery of Donald Trump.  His continued refusal to acknowledge the clear outcome of our legitimate, democratic election in November and his unscrupulous attempts to have that democratically determined outcome overturned in some unconstitutional manner manifest a mental instability that renders him unfit to serve as president any longer.  The application of the 25th Amendment or the Constitution’s Impeachment Clause should be invoked by executive or legislative leaders to secure the removal forthwith of Donald Trump from the office of President of the United States.”