Is use of the 25th Amendment overdue?

Is use of the 25th Amendment overdue?

This morning, President Trump showed us who he is. It is not the first time he has acted in a way that makes people suspect he is suffering from some sort of psychosis, and it is unlikely to be the last. Why has no one put a stop to this madness? In reality, it is as much of an indictment of Mike Pence and the entire Trump Administration as anything else. The time to use the 25th Amendment is overdue.

The President of the United States of America has referred to his critics as haters and losers. The whole world is watching. America’s enemies are rubbing their hands together with glee. The dignity of the Office of the President of the United States has been stained.

Normally, a sitting President would simply wish a Happy Veterans Day to all while saying something appropriate concerning the service provided by the U.S. Military. Not Trump. No, Trump took the opportunity to politicize Veterans Day by calling citizens haters and losers. In fact, any sentiment expressed towards veterans was overshadowed by Trump’s anger at those who do not support his policies.

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The 25th Amendment is meant to protect the United States in the case a sitting President resigns, dies, or becomes incapacitated by disability. The whole point of the 25th Amendment is to ensure that the United States has a competent Commander in Chief at all times.

Let’s think back for a moment to when President Trump was taken to Walter Reed Hospital after a diagnosis of Covid-19. What if Trump had become very ill with the coronavirus and like many other people, required sedation and intubation. It would have been impossible for President Trump to carry out his duties. Thus, in this case, Mike Pence would become acting President until Trump recovered enough to resume his duties.

Click here to read about how Trump can’t handle the stress of being POTUS.

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment outlines how the Vice President, the Cabinet, and/or Congress may issue a declaration stating that the President is incapacitated if the President refuses or is unable to transfer power to the next person in the line of succession.

SECTION 4. 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

Govinfo.com

Of course, using the 25th Amendment to deal with a situation where a President is unconscious is a lot easier than using it when the President is mentally ill. Still, Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior, especially since election day, is a serious concern. Unfortunately, President Trump seems unable to accept the results of the election, suggesting that he is the victim of a vast conspiracy.

This Tweet illustrates why a President with psychosis is dangerous. At least we hope this is psychosis. The alternative is that Trump is perfectly sane, but plans to ignore the election results.

Many people believe that Trump is struggling with his mental health. Anyone would be upset that they lost an election, and many people might grumble loudly about it. That much is expected. What makes this situation unique is that Trump believes that he can somehow change the results of the election, or that he does not have to follow the law and transfer power to Biden in just over 2 months time.

Click here to learn about voter fraud in the U.S,

Opinion | A Very Stable Genius-in-Chief - The New York Times
This cartoon is funny because it is widely assumed that Trump is not playing with a full deck. Few people will proclaim themselves a genius while in public, never mind a “very stable Genius”.

In addition to making bizarre comments such as “I am a very stable genius”, he seems to fabricate ideas about the global Covid-19 pandemic. First it was “a hoax” that the Democrats had cooked up and the virus was not serious at all, and then Trump spent several months advising Americans to take hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19. As it turned out, this medication turned out to be dangerous and of no help. Of course, nothing says delusional more than the bleach fiasco where Trump recommended that disinfectant and UV light could be used to cure people of Covid-19. They just needed to figure out a way to inject the disinfectant into the body. Someone should have stepped in then.

40 Brutal Memes Mocking Trump's Insane Coronavirus 'Cures' - The Political  Punchline
Election 2020 was actually a pretty straightforward choice.

In a Hail Mary Pass sort of attempt to take credit for curing Covid-19, Trump Tweeted that it would be another 4 years for a vaccine to be developed if Biden were President. That is crazy talk. Trump is also a day late and a dollar short when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus. If only someone had stepped in and relieved Trump of his duties, many thousands of people could be alive today.

Trump has been determined that the election results are fraudulent and that he expects to remain President after January 20th, 2021. The truth is that elections in several states would have to be overturned to get Trump anywhere near the 270 electoral votes that he requires to remain President.

The Internet Is Running Wild With President Trump's 'Stable Genius' Tweet -  Memebase - Funny Memes
Several people have written books to outline President Trump’s lack of mental fitness.
What does this recent Tweet mean? how will Trump win an election that it is clear that he lost and what does this crowd of people have to do with it? Trump is suffering delusions if he believes that the election can be overturned.
A very similar Tweet was posted a day earlier.

Trump isn’t just Tweeting his delusions. He is actually acting on them. Several news outlets have reported that President Trump plans to resume his campaign rallies. DOES TRUMP NOT UNDERSTAND THE ELECTION IS OVER? Presumably, these rallies will serve to drum up support and donations to litigate the election. The problem is, however, that government agencies do not believe that significant voter fraud took place.

The federal agency that oversees U.S. election security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, underscored how unlikely fraudulent voting would be, as local election offices have detection measures that “make it highly difficult to commit fraud through counterfeit ballots.”

National Review

Meanwhile, the misinformation Tweets are piling up. Trump has stated many times that Twitter allows him to directly communicate with his supporters. That’s fine, except when what he tweets can cause harm and confusion. Twitter has placed several warnings on the President’s Tweets due to the false information that Trump is sharing with his followers. In the last several days, nearly all of Trump’s Tweets have been marked as false information. Again, that is not sane behavior.

Proclaiming that an election is rigged is dangerous. The election is NOT rigged. There is no vast conspiracy to get rid of Trump. There didn’t need to be. For the second time, Trump lost the popular vote, this last time by about 5 million votes!

Trump’s refusal to accept reality is troubling. Not simply because the President seems unable to competently perform his administrative duties (he has spent much of the week Tweeting conspiracy theories and firing bureaucrats), but Trump is riling up his base into believing that an actual injustice has been done. Some have claimed that Trump has attempted to incite violence. Such behavior invites scrutiny. Is no one protecting the interests of citizens?

Honestly, what would anyone assume about a person who has made the following statements:

I know more about courts than any human being on Earth.” 

“Nobody knows more about trade than me.” 

“I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth.”

“I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.”

“Technology — nobody knows more about technology than me.” 

“I know more about drones than anybody. I know about every form of safety that you can have.”

Who talks like this? Crazy people, that’s who.

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4 thoughts on “Is use of the 25th Amendment overdue?

  1. I just want to say that some of these comments bring questions to me. 1. Where is the 1%’s tax money going? 2. Trump is calling his opposition haters and losers but he is NOT threatening to hang them, put them on a ‘list’ or generally punish them. 3
    The 25th amendment sounds more of a ‘plan’s for Harris and Pelosi to run the show after Biden is declared incompetent. 4. The media does NOT call a winner in an election, get your head out of your ass. 5. What was Biden’s ‘plan’s for COVID? He called Trump racist and phobic when he tried to close the borders. Pelosi told people “things are FINE, come to Chinatown, etc…” The MSM has misconstrued EVERYTHING Trump has EVER said (about EVERYTHING), don’t you LISTEN? Do you just go along with what you are TOLD? Maybe YOU should live in a communist country, don’t make mine into one. 6. There are to many votes that just “appeared”, ALL for Biden? There were other people on the REAL ballots too but Oh look, not a one for ANYONE else? Witnesses not ALLOWED to watch ballot counting, DEAD PEOPLE voting? “Come on man”…. 7.
    Trump causing hate and confusion? What about AOC’s list, the View personalities wanting to hang Trump supporters and Pelosi stating they “will be PUNISHED”? READ AND LISTEN, Think for yourself! 8. Trump wanted to STOP the violence, the Dems support ANTIFA ( it is NOT just an idea) they support the riots, looting and murders. Who’s cities were destroyed because they told the Prez to but out when he offered help?
    I am not saying Trump is the ideal person but I really want things to get BETTER FOR AMERICA but having a socialist/communist government is NOT the change I believe any of us should accept.
    You probably will ALL be up in arms now BUT remember we are STILL a FREE and LAW ABIDING COUNTRY!

    1. Why would I be up in arms? Frankly, a lot of what you are saying here has been influenced by misinformation. For example, you are fearing a socialist/communist government and believing that Biden will form one. That is just not the case. Biden is not a socialist or a communist. There is absolutely no chance that the USA is about to become socialist or communist. Biden is a neo-liberal. He believes in free market capitalism. Trump, on the other hand, is a capitalist that promotes protectionism such as high tariffs and trade wars. Protectionism is bad for a free market economy, and in fact, is considered to be one of the major causes of the Great Depression. Trump’s economic policies have been terrible for America.

      Who calls the election? The media merely reports the winner. It is math that tells us who the winner is. Based on how the vote count is progressing, the media projects the winner based on statistical probability. Nothing is different in this election than former elections. Many different groups of people are doing the calculations and they are all in agreement on what the vote counts are. After all the counting is complete and audited, the individual states certify the results.

      I don’t know what you are talking about in regard to hanging anyone, but if it was just something someone on The View said, I wouldn’t worry about it. I don’t know about any AOC list either, but keep in mind that she is a single Congresswoman. She doesn’t have any power to do anything with any list of people who like Trump. No one can be punished for anything unless they have actually been found guilty of a crime.

      Votes appearing for Biden? I think what really happened there is that Trump told his supporters not to vote by mail, so they didn’t. It was mainly Biden supporters that voted by mail, so of course the number of Biden votes increased as soon as the ballots started being counted. If the election was rigged, why didn’t the senate flip to blue? There are obviously many Republicans that voted for Biden, but also voted for a Republican for Senate.

      I guess what I am trying to say here is that everything is going to be okay. The nation is not turning communist, and honestly the threat of communism is currently a non-existent problem.. Relax.

  2. Hi. I just wanted to congratulate the author of this article on managing to lay out what this mad man
    has done to us in such a calm and non-hysterical way. This can’t be easy.

    As for “Anonymous” ….I find it ironic that you accuse the author of this article of just listening to others
    when you are a Trumper. You are buying into authoritarianism in spite of his obvious lies.
    Why is that anyone calling for fair and better treatment of the citizens who pay those lazy bums
    salary to do nothing,, btw, is automatically a Communist or Socialist.? Is that the best
    your’ve got? It must be, because that is the pat, go-to knee jerk answer every single time.
    In fact your reply was full of the same. If you have some sort of argument with the article she
    wrote, and you were a person of even marginal intelligence, you would be able to lay out
    those facts in a calm even handed way just as she did. Your constant insults are unnecessary
    and just make you look like the idiot you so obviously are. Hey you did it……….
    So now we see why this person is published and writing articles and you are not. Or,
    at least I hope you are not. You probably are though. Why don’t you wake the fuq up.?
    What kind of doormat are you to not be good and pissed off at this man who has killed so many and
    continues to?. It is painfully obvious he hates us, and I agree with this author. He is very dangerous and
    they need to get him out of there before he makes good on his threats. Ahhhh but of course they will
    do nada just as they have done nada for the past four years. It is all a big dog and pony show you know.
    If anyone needs to pull their head out their ass , Mr. Anon, it is you!
    -R.Ryan

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