Trying to use 25th Amendment powers.
The Russia narrative is pretty much dead in the water.
So now Democrats, who have never accepted Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, are trying a new strategy to remove him from office by questioning his mental health.
Dem proposes panel to remove President if unfit to lead
Pointing to the outcry over President Donald Trump’s latest controversial tweets, freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin is urging his colleagues to get behind a bill that could potentially oust the President if he was mentally or physically unfit.
The Maryland Democrat wants to create an 11-member commission made up of mostly physicians and psychiatrists — more formally called the “Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity.” The panel would carry out a medical examination and determine whether the President was physically or mentally able to do the job.
Two of the commission’s members would also be former high ranking officials, such as presidents, vice presidents, attorneys general or secretaries of state.
It’s a provocative and long-shot effort, but Raskin is citing as his legal backup the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which was adopted in 1967 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to establish procedure in the case a president is incapacitated. About two dozen Democrats have signed on to the effort as of Thursday.
Isn’t it fascinating how the Democrats’ plan dovetails perfectly with the new liberal media narrative that Trump is mentally ill?
You may have seen this column by Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in the Washington Post:
Donald Trump is not well
President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, “Morning Joe.”
The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika “neurotic” and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.
Trump’s Twitter action also is being used as “proof” of mental unfitness, as Mark Finkelstein covered earlier, Carl Bernstein: Trump’s CNN Wrestling Tweet raises issues of “stability of the President of the United States”.
The plan to use the 25th amendment to remove Trump would require the approval of Vice President Mike Pence so this is merely more political theater designed to appeal to the resistance, i.e. the base of the Democratic Party.
If Democrats think this is going to help them win back the voters they lost last fall, it is they who need to have their mental health evaluated.
FOX and Friends covered the story this weekend. From the FOX News Insider:
Dems Draft Bill That Could Activate 25th Amendment Powers to Remove Trump
Several Democrats, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), have signed onto an initiative that could lead to President Trump’s removal using 25th Amendment powers.
According to the Washington Post, Raskin’s bill would activate a probe into whether President Trump has been too far “incapacitated” to continue as the leader of the free world.
The 25th Amendment deals mainly with presidential succession, denoting that the vice president would take over for a deceased or removed president, and so on.
Raskin said his legislation would focus on Section 4 of the 1967 amendment, which reads in part:
“Whenever the vice president and a majority of … bod[ies] such as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the president pro-tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the vice president shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting president.”
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