Is the 25th Amendment in Play? 🤔

 Bill Clark CQ / Roll Call,Inc.

Bill Clark CQ / Roll Call,Inc.

Democrat Senator strikes

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently said that “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.” Her comments were motivated by a damning New York Times op-ed by an anonymous senior Trump official - we reported on it here.

What's the 25th Amendment?

The 25th Amendment provides a process to remove POTUS when “the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” as determined by “the Vice President and a majority [of the Cabinet]”. Elizabeth Warren is basically hoping for a revolt within the White House.


LEANING LEFT:

Politico: Pence denies 25th Amendment talks to oust Trump following NYT op-ed's claim

CNN: Elizabeth Warren: Time to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

The left generally supports Warren’s comments and defends her. They also mention her possible presidential run in 2020. The left also writes about Vice President Pence’s denials that he is behind the NY Times op-ed and his assertion that he would “never” invoke the 25th. In reporting the story in such a way, the left puts Pence on the defensive and pushes for the 25th to actually be invoked.

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: 'Off the Rails': Huckabee, GOP Challenger Blast Warren's Call for 25th Amendment to Oust Trump

Breitbart: Dershowitz: 25th Amendment Not ‘a Substitute for Impeachment’ – ‘Dangerous’ to ‘Medicalize’ Political Differences

The right states that the 25th Amendment was designed for situations where the president is medically or psychologically incapacitated. They believe the left is trying to use it as a way around impeachment. The right quotes former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and noted Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who said that the 25th Amendment isn’t designed to “medicalize political differences” or work as “a substitute for impeachment.”


Is invoking the 25th warranted?

On one hand, President Trump’s stamina, as evidenced by his animated and lengthy speeches, are evidence of a person not struggling with his health. On the other hand, the revelations that some of Trump’s top lieutenants are circumventing his authority by hiding documents and staging an “internal resistance” call into question his leadership. If enough of his staff feels the same, the Cabinet should address their major concerns, which may include discussing the 25th Amendment.

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