This Trump Presidency has gotten so bad that Dems are actually reviewing procedures for using the 25th Amendment.
On Wednesday, House Democrat Earl Blumenauer from Oregon launched a working panel to review the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
The 25th Amendment deals with removing a President from office. The Amendment was established after Kennedy’s assassination and it states that the Vice President will take over the Presidency if the President resigns, dies, or is removed from office.
The Amendment also states that if a majority of the Cabinet officers agree that the President is unfit to serve, the Vice President would take over. If the President refuses to step down 2/3 of the House and Senate are required to push him out.
Blumenauer says that he is extremely concerned about Trump’s erratic behavior and lies. He points to a few of them, including Trump’s lie about the sun shining during his inauguration, the lie about inauguration crowd sizes, and the lie about 3-5 million illegals voting for Hillary.
In a House floor speech Blumenauer said,
“Like many people, I’ve noticed renewed interest in the 25th Amendment, as we’ve seen erratic behavior out of the White House and inability of Donald Trump to even tell whether it rained on him during his inaugural speech and repeating false statements that are demonstrably wrong.”
Blumenauer worries, however, that in this current politically polarized environment it may be hard to get Republicans to go against a President from their own party. Even if that President is mentally and emotionally impaired.
So the Congressman is calling for a bipartisan panel made up of former living presidents and vice presidents to determine the President’s fitness to serve instead of the Cabinet.
“For a mentally unstable, paranoid or delusional president, the 25th Amendment has no guarantee of its application. In fact, it’s likely that it would fail.”
“I submit that the best fail-safe to a president who is emotionally unstable would be to impanel our previous presidents and vice presidents to make that determination. We need to have a mechanism that can be reliable, command public confidence and be above politics.”
The Oregon Congressman continued,
“We’ve made real progress with mental illness. We’re making real strides in terms of treatment and acceptance. But all of this requires access to help. And this drama should not play out with somebody whose fingers are on the nuclear buttons and whose every pronouncement can unsettle diplomatic conditions, affect war and peace, and the global economy.”