The 25th Amendment:
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
With no specifics on the (incapacitation) aspect, this amendment came to fruition after Kennedy’s assassination. Adapting a formal procedure for replacing the president and/or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation.
There are 2 ways this can take place. The president can assign duties to the VP if anticipating some type of personal crisis. i.e surgery where he/she would resume power once able. The second, the VP and either the cabinet or a committee approved by Congress must agree that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office. And in the latter’s case, the president can protest and it’ll take 2/3’s of Congress to decide if he/she is unfit.
The key is Mike Pence. Would he betray 45? It’s easier to sway 1 instead of 15 so his cabinet is out of the question and Congress could easily form a committee to assail Mr. Pence. But again, would power trump loyalty in Pence’s decision. How sure of victory would he have to be? And if they lost, would Trump fire Pence? It’s possible only with a 2/3’s vote in the Senate.
Just imagine the theatre…
But to get to that point, is Trump unable to serve? He’s a liar, not just lying. He’s corrupt; been sued and settled numerous times and he’s morally void.
- Obama wiretapped his home.
- 3 millions voted illegally.
- We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban.
- I don’t know David Duke.
- …and Mexico’s paying for it.
The key here is to form a committee to see if Trump believes the things he says. Politicians lie, we know this, to further their agenda and even to save their careers. A true follower of politics can detect the hyperbolic and the word salads they extol. It’s a given. But Trump straight up lies. He feeds his base into a frenzy with his falsehoods and plays into their ignorance and unwillingness to seek the truth. But since they believe Trump, the key is does he believe himself.
President Obama knew beforehand that millions wouldn’t be able to keep their own doctor. His plan was to push through healthcare. An effective political ploy. Any intelligent researcher could have found this to be untrue. But the masses stuck to this slogan, even the Republicans didn’t rebuttal, because researching the truth isn’t something that Americans are apt at doing. Hence, “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.” Yet he later apologized.
Bill Clinton, finger-pointing, “..did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinski.” He knew he was lying; an attempt to save his political career. He later admitted as such, was impeached and ‘forgiven.’
Both knew they were lying.
So let’s convene a special council and put Trump to test. Under oath.
And see what he believes. Is this, governing the country, a game to him? Is he that fixated on ratings and spotlights that the direction and security of this nation becomes secondary to his narcissism? Or does he believe what he’s saying?
If he believes it, then there’s a case for invoking the 25th for his lies are just that. Lies. Untruths that hurt the progress of Americans.
And if he doesn’t, then his base, his followers, his worshippers will now know the truth. They’ll be educated on the fact that their leader is not just lying – he’s a liar.
Either way, he’ll be exposed and the truth will finally be revealed.