Is It Time to Use the 25th Amendment?

The “anonymous senior official” who wrote the now infamous New York Times op-ed finally admitted what we all suspected: The president of the United States does not have the mental capacity to do his job.

And that means we can talk about the 25th Amendment – because, hey, even the GOP is broaching the subject.

Unlike impeachment, where a president is removed from office for some sort of crime, the 25th Amendment offers a process for removing the president due to illness or another issue that makes him or her incapable of performing designated duties — or, as we are seeing in the case of President Donald Trump, when it becomes unavoidably clear that he was never capable  of performing these tasks in the first place.

The super secret “senior administration official” claims that members of the Cabinet already discussed this possibility, before deciding that the opportunity could cost them their own powerful roles inside the administration. Instead, they are removing and destroying official papers and otherwise undermining the president when they think he is too out of control.

But otherwise, they’re willingly assisting President Trump – as long as he pushes agenda items that they support.

That can’t last forever — and not just because the ruse has been exposed. According to one mental health professional, this issue has only gotten worse. Bandy X. Lee, along with over two dozen colleagues, previously published a book warning that the president’s mental health state poses a danger to the country.

Lee, assistant clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, explains:

My current concern is that we are already witnessing a further unraveling of the president’s mental state, especially as the frequency of his lying increases and the fervor of his rallies intensifies. I am concerned that his mental challenges could cause him to take unpredictable and potentially extreme and dangerous measures to distract from his legal problems.

Lee suggests that, at the very least, thousands of mental health professionals agree that there’s no way this volatile politician should have his hands on the nuclear missile launch codes.

And since the Times op-ed, Trump’s mental state appears to be deteriorating more. From the podium at a Montana political rally, the president repeatedly stumbled over the word “anonymous,” slurring it like a person with a few too many drinks under his belt. He later lashed out at his supporters, demanding that if he gets impeached it would all be “their fault” — because obviously that would mean that they didn’t vote.

With the president of the United States appearing more unstable every day, it’s no wonder that Democrats are seizing the chance to make a case for a mental health removal.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren adds:

If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment. The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the President can’t do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the president – take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds. … Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It’s time for them to do their job.

So can the 25th amendment really be invoked? Well, it obviously won’t be happening before the midterms — and even after that election is over, it could be quite a long shot.

If Democrats win the House, you can bet that impeachment would be the first item on the table, making the 25th Amendment moot. And if the Republicans stay in control, they’ll learn a valuable lesson: There’s absolutely nothing that the president can do that harms the party or threatens their own reelections, giving them virtually unstoppable power.

And if that does occur, you can expect the GOP to continue with their damaged leader seated in his throne, while they contentedly pull his strings from behind — and toss his papers if he gets too dangerous.

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65 comments

Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

David F. - Regarding your comment: "The great irrefutable Robert Mueller sits with his thumb up his ... spending tens of millions of taxpayer labor while Congress does his job."

Please explain. How is "Congress" doing Mueller's job? If you're under the impression that Mueller is a member of Congress, you're mistaken. Even if he was, what exactly has Congress been doing of late that his absence would affect -- other than a lot of nothing? You used the word "chaos" in a previous comment. That's exactly what trump has created since he began his unfortunate road to the presidency.

Incidentally, Mueller is a Republican - just in case you think my defense of him is partisan-based.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

David F. - (continued...)

Can't wait to hear what you come up with, and I can't wait to start fact-checking what you have to say.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

David F.- Do you REALLY believe that all of the most trusted news outlets and our most respected journalists are working together behind the scenes to "create division and chaos" in this country? WHY in the world would they do that? You make a statement like that and then claim that I'M the one who's intellectually destroyed?

You can't find ANYONE from either side of the political spectrum who doubts Mueller's integrity: from his early days in scouting; to his impressive performance at Princeton University as a top scholar and top athlete; to his distinguished service in Vietnam, which he signed up for voluntarily to honor a friend who had been killed in action and whose bravery and leadership earned him the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for heroism and the Purple Heart Medal. And it doesn't end there. Before his appointment as FBI Director, Mueller served as a United States Attorney, as United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, and as Acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General. His appointment as a U.S. Attorney occurred just three years after completing law school. He is still happily married to his high school sweetheart.

Now that you're aware of Robert Mueller's contributions to this country, I'd love to hear your version of trump's background and distinguished service. Incidentally, Mueller also was born into privilege, but he used his blessings to serve, not to take. Can't wait to hear what you come up with, and

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 months ago

david f
You are SO delusional !!!
All those around trump were GUILTY !!!!
Manafort was / is a crook !!!
It's Okay david, perhaps if Beto O'Rourke is elected (in Texas) he can dress trump and his colleagues up in PINK underwear and get joe arpio to reside in cages (the ones used to house children) on your property and actually take care of your "pets". So many crooks, so little truth.
BTW, I'm hoping smug baby trump is next.
Must be hell to be you and SO paranoid !

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David F
David F2 months ago

The great irrefutable Robert Mueller sits with his thumb up his ... spending tens of millions of taxpayer labor while Congress does his job.

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David F
David F2 months ago

Susanne R, if by now you still can't fathom that it was not Russia, but our own intelligence community and deep state conspired with the massive Fake News networks to stir up division and chaos in this country, then you are intellectually destroyed.

Obviously Fake News is censoring the daily constant stream of incriminating emails and text messages discussing fake media leaks between the dirty cops of the FBI, the Justice Department and the CIA.

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David F
David F2 months ago

Manafort flipped after he gets clobbered in court? yea right, great timing. He has nothing.
Comey suddenly got real quite, he knows the handcuffs are coming.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

David F. - Manafort "flipped" on Friday and has agreed to tell all. He chose Mueller over trump.

You said "Our intelligence community and CIA are professionally trained to spread propaganda and misinformation to affect an outcome in foreign countries." Our intelligence community and CIA are professionally trained to spread propaganda and misinformation to affect an outcome in foreign countries. (Is that the type of propaganda the NRA uses to promote gun sales?) And if what you say is true, why is it that our Intelligence community is working so hard at exposing what Putin and his Russian oligarchs have done to stir up so much corruption, division and chaos in this country? You'll notice that trump is tweeting his stubby fingers to the bone every day with denials, misrepresentations, and outright lies, whereas we don't hear a word out of Mueller. He doesn't have to create a circus-like atmosphere; he simply has to tolerate the existing one until he and his hand-picked team of seasoned professionals have quietly, legally, professionally and painstakingly arrived at the truth.

So many Russians;, so little time... ;-)

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David F
David F2 months ago

Susanne R, if you still believe in the massive government and Fake News conspiracy to frame a Trump and Russian conspiracy, then you are gullible beyond belief.

Our intelligence community and CIA are professionally trained to spread propaganda and misinformation to affect an outcome in foreign countries.

What has happened during the Obama administration and early Trump administration is they (dirty cops) use that training to deceive the people (like you) of the United States.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

David - I think your mind was visiting David Robertson of Wizbang.com on the planet Melmac when you stated that: "A few news sources cover the government corruption and Russian involvment in detail, however the vast majority of Fake News censor it completely."

What you're saying is: 1) there IS government corruption; 2) there WAS Russian involvement; and 3) Fox IS "fake news" because, from what I've been told, it hardly acknowledges the issue, whereas CNN, MSNBC and other networks spend a lot of time covering it.

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