It’s time once again for the annual attempt to remove Donald Trump from the White House through the 25th Amendment. The president took office in 2017 and, with it, the serenity and sanity of all those who were “with her.” Shortly afterward, the Democrats and TDS patients of all stripes latched on to the idea to remove him from office by having him declared mentally incompetent, even going so far as to attempt to rewrite the 25th Amendment to make the process a little easier.
Last year, a psychiatrist from Yale tried to convince lawmakers to give such a removal a shot, claiming to have diagnosed him without even actually speaking to him in person. It went nowhere, of course, but if you thought you had heard the last of Dr. Bandy X. Lee, you’re as crazy as anyone who thinks her plan could actually work. That’s right, she’s back.
The Democrats are now planning a special event on Capitol Hill at which a group of mental health experts – who believe they can diagnose The Donald without an examination – can warn of the dangers our president presents. Dr. Lee will be leading the event, and if she gets her way, it will be a town hall in which lawmakers can hear what the doctors have to say and ask questions of their own.
The date has yet to be set, but according to Lee, it will be “imminently soon within the next couple of weeks.” That is, of course, if it actually happens. Organizers are hoping for a bipartisan event and might consider canceling if no Republicans plan to show.
“We’re planning to put together an event,” said Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY). He added that the media and every House member would be invited, but that he did not yet know who would be interested in attending. There are, of course, some anti-Trump Republicans, but it seems unlikely the event will garner much GOP support.
How disastrous must a president be for his own vice president and department heads to depose him? Let’s have another look at the relevant clauses in the 25th Amendment:
“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.”
Consider the mechanics of the process: Even if Dr. Lee and her pals convince a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress that The Donald is dangerously nuts, how does she plan to get Vice President Mike Pence to start and go along with it? Or does she actually believe she can convince the president himself that he should step down?
Any suggestion that enough of Congress, the vice president, or the president himself could be convinced to go through with this is a joke at best.
But let us pretend, for a moment, that Pence’s staunch support of President Trump was a sham all along. What would the Democrats get with their new chief?
We know he’s pro-gun. “I’ll make you a promise,” he declared at the 2019 NRA Leadership Forum. “Under this president and this vice president, no one is taking your guns. Under this president and this administration, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”
But wait, surely he’s pro-choice, right? Sorry, Dems, Pence and his wife have both always opposed abortion. And, as Liberty Nation’s Kelli Ballard explained in March, he wouldn’t be nice to the anti-Semites in Congress, either. In fact, let’s just go back to the NRA Leadership Forum. Pence summed up the sort of man he is as soon as he took the stage: “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order.”
Well, it seems those hellbent on removing Trump from office will have their hands full should they miraculously manage to succeed. Then again, the delirious belief that Hillary Clinton might somehow still become president is one of the most prominent symptoms of TDS.
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