A prominent Minnesota LGBT organization is calling for the "immediate impeachment" of President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, OutFront Minnesotaissued a statement condemning Trump's "escalating pattern of affirming intolerance, discrimination, and hate," and accusing him of "eroding civil liberties and basic human rights."
The group's message gives a lot of attention to Trump controversies that aren't necessarily tied to LGBT issues – like the so-called travel bans, and the president's initial failure to condemn white supremacy after the Charlottesville incident – because "our struggle for freedom and safety is intertwined with others who suffer under violence, harassment, and discrimination," the statement says.
But OutFront's list of grievances does mention a key LGBT issue that was brought to the fore when Trump, in a now-infamous July tweet, announced that transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve "in any capacity in the U.S. Military."
The group's statement slams Trump for "purporting to exclude transgender individuals from serving in our armed forces," possibly referring to skepticism that the proposed ban will ever become actual policy.
OutFront Minnesota was founded in 1987 and works to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, according to its website.
Realities of impeachment
There have been calls to remove Trump from office for the past three months, at least.
And while a Newsweek op-ed declared last Thursday that Trump is "just six Senate votes away from impeachment," no one should be holding their breath for an "immediate impeachment."
Here's how it would work: first, the process would have to start in the House of Representatives, and a full impeachment would require a majority vote there. (The House has a Republican majority.)
The next step would require a trial in the Senate (also controlled by the GOP), but after that, removing the president would take a two-thirds majority.
And as BBC points out, never in America's history has an impeachment made it that far. So the odds for Trump's removal, in other words, are quite long.