Utah Republican State Auditor John Dougall joined the increasing number of GOP officials condemning President Donald Trump for inciting the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Dougall slammed Trump’s actions as “seditious and treasonous,” and called for him to resign or be removed from office.
“My duty is to defend the US Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, not to defend any specific individual,” he wrote in a public Facebook post. “Trump is seditious and treasonous. He needs to resign or be officially removed from office. Let there be no doubt of my opinion.”
In an interview Thursday with FOX 13, he didn’t back down.
“I think he should resign if not be officially removed from office because yesterday was beyond the pale,” Dougall said.
Utah Republican leaders have unanimously condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol. In a video statement, Governor Spencer Cox called on Utahns to speak up and denounce it.
“I urge you to stand up and speak out against the violence, against the terrorists, against the evil we have seen in our nation’s capital.”