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