Several Democrats and liberal writers are beginning to seriously chew on the idea of removing Donald Trump from the White House using the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And while this insanity hasn’t yet spread to infect the party leadership, it may only be a matter of time. After all, when you’re running around telling your base that Trump is mentally unstable, that he’s in collusion with the Russian dictator, and that he’s an authoritarian in the making, your lunatic supporters are eventually going to look back at you and say, “Well, what the hell are you doing about it?”
So what is this all about? Let’s see what Rep. Jackie Speier has to say.
“The 25th Amendment is there to provide a backstop if in fact the president becomes incapacitated,” Speier said on CNN.
The California Democrat said it was time to start seriously thinking about using that avenue to remove Trump from office.
“He needs to start acting presidential,” she said. “He needs to start recognizing that as president you don’t go around and shoot down the media, as if it’s some kind of a game you’re playing. You don’t take on people saying nasty things about them. You don’t take foreign leaders and hang up the phone with them or besmirch them, as he has with some of the European leaders. I mean, he has got to get a grip. And so the 25th Amendment is there if a president becomes incapacitated.”
According to the 1967 amendment, the vice president and the majority of the executive cabinet can remove the president from power if they believe he has become incapacitated in some way. The amendment was passed in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, which spurred lawmakers to prepare for a situation in which the president was still alive, yet unable to perform his duties due to some form of physical/mental malady.
Speier isn’t the only one tossing the idea around. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said last week that the “erratic behavior out of the White House” had inspired him to develop a group to look into clarifying the 25th Amendment. Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times has endorsed the strategy as well.
So, is there any reason to fear that this could happen?
Of course not.
The 4th section of the 25th Amendment is there to provide a mechanism with which sober-minded officials can maintain the stability of the executive branch in the event of a catastrophic medical event – a stroke, a heart attack, clear signs of dementia, etc. It’s not there to give the opposition party a way to thwart democracy and overturn the legitimate results of an election.
That mainstream Democrats are even flirting with this idea shows you just how unhinged they have become in the wake of Trump’s election. We knew they were losing touch with reality, but this is getting scary.