Lately, we have been hearing from a lot of news sources that lean both right and left about enacting the 25th Amendment. There have been a lot of threats about it from the left who still can’t seem to grasp that they lost an election, the president is doing what he said he would do, and he isn’t taking crap from the media. Apparently, that makes him 25th Amendment worthy crazy.
This is what they are talking about:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the 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.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
Source: Legal Information Institute
Basically, they’d have to get a majority and the VP on board. They can’t just say, “I think you’re nuts, I’m enacting the 25th Amendment.” They have to get enough folks – and the VP – on board to do so, and after that, he would be evaluated by a doctor, most likely cleared, and would be back in office. Even if he wasn’t cleared, Pence would be president.
Look. Is Trump a narcissist? I haven’t the faintest idea… I’m not a frickin’ doctor. And neither are any of these people. Just like doing away with the electoral college, it isn’t as easy as saying you are going to do it and then signing some paperwork. It’s a process. And one that would likely fail.
To put it bluntly, this is another item in a long line of long shots that the dems want to go for to get Trump out of office. It happens constantly. It happened with Obama. People were still trying to get Obama impeached the day before he left office. It’s nothing new. It may be getting more coverage, and there may be more public talk of it in the actual political class, but it doesn’t change that fact that it is 99.9% unlikely to go anywhere. It gets their base all fired up and excited thinking THIS TIME! But that’s what it always does, and nothing more.
The best defense? Just stop giving attention to this basic jackassery and stick with reality. As I’ve always said, there is enough going on in the world to focus on that we don’t need this junk on top of it.