The New Yorker recently put a bold idea out into the universe – why can’t we impeach Donald Trump using the 25th amendment? After reading all four sections, I’m curious as to why this is so difficult to enact. Donald Trump clearly is daring someone to throw the big guns at him and this amendment, by all appearances, could be our biggest weapon against him.
In the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 and the subsequently heart attack of Lyndon B. Johnson, who took over as President as a result, the amendment was pushed forward as a means of replacing the president who, and I quote:
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.
Unfortunately, considering people within the government are mostly the type to largely step aside and let Trump do what wants (sometimes for their own personal gains), this law would be hard to enact. Given that he makes America look like an ass to the rest of the world, that he regularly makes women feel threatened (removing Planned Parenthood and shutting down Michelle Obama’s school lunch program) and that he ignorantly claims that Fox News is a better source of information about what’s going on then the federal agencies created to provide intelligence, it seems to remove him provides an interesting complication:
Also from the same New Yorker article:
In practice, however, unless the President were unconscious, the public could see the use of the amendment as a constitutional coup. Measuring deterioration over time would be difficult in Trump’s case, given that his “judgment” and “ability to communicate clearly” were, in the view of many Americans, impaired before he took office. For those reasons, Robert Gilbert, the Presidential-health specialist, told me, “If the statements get too strange, then the Vice-President might be able to do something. But if the President is just being himself—talking in the same way that he talked during the campaign—then the Vice-President and the Cabinet would find it very difficult.”
I’m pretty sure secretly the republicans wanted to use it to remove Barack Obama since the rules that apply for white culture ultimately apply in the same way to black culture. In a real world outside of politics, a person who is unfit to perform the duties of the job he was hired for would be fired (yes, there are many exceptions). I’m not sure with Trump leading our country that the real world even exists anymore.
Still, if someone inside the government can wake up and see Trump needs to go (as well as the people who support him who work along side him), maybe we can go back to normal.