Effort to stop Trump by any means continues after inauguration
(INTELLIHUB) — Despite the fact that Donald Trump is now the sitting president, hard left efforts to stop him have continued, including even more calls by the propagandist media to use an obscure amendment in the Constitution to remove him from office.
The 25th Amendment, made famous in the popular T.V. show 24, was originally floated as an idea to stop Donald Trump in a Washington Post op-ed ten days before the inauguration.
“Donald Trump is a one-man basket of deplorables. He is a braggart and a liar. He is a bully and a demagogue. He is an ignoramus and a deadbeat, a chiseler and either a sincere racist or an insincere one, and his love for himself is matched only by my loathing of him. He is about to be president of the United States. A constitutional coup may be in the offing,” wrote the Post’s Richard Cohen.
Cohen went on to whine about Trump cabinet picks not being able to “moderate him” before delving into a plan taken straight from the popular TV show “24” in which a president is removed from office through the use of the 25th Amendment. Ironically, Cohen apparently doesn’t realize that in the show this is used by corrupt actors to remove a legitimate president.
“There is, however, another way. Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, the vice president, together with a “majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” can remove the president for being “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” Cohen continued.
“But it is plain that the 25th Amendment does give a role to Cabinet members that is not generally considered when they are up for confirmation. This time, however, they should all be asked whether they are aware of the 25th Amendment and, if need be, whether they would be willing to implement it. Some would say that they do not respond to hypotheticals, but a willingness to abide by the Constitution is not a hypothetical. It is, instead, a grave duty.”
Now, five days after the inauguration, the hard left fantasy of using this amendment to remove Donald Trump from office continues, this time with a piece in the always laughable Salon.com.
The piece lays out a plethora of nonsense about how bad and possibly crazy Donald Trump is before pushing the idea of his own cabinet turning on him through the use of the 25th Amendment which would make Mike Pence the new president.
The 25th Amendment was added to the Constitution after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and provides for the replacement of the vice president if the office becomes vacant. (So it led indirectly to the presidency of Gerald Ford, the only American president who was never elected to any national office.) But Section 4 is about something else entirely:
“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.”
A temporary transfer of power has happened a handful of times since the Kennedy assassination, once when Ronald Reagan had cancer surgery and twice when George W. Bush underwent colonoscopies. Most people have thought of the 25th Amendment as a way to deal with a president who has had a heart attack or a stroke and has become incapacitated, as Woodrow Wilson did, with his wife effectively assuming the duties of the presidency for the remainder of his term.
But the language of the amendment clearly encompasses other scenarios besides physical incapacitation. This topic was a subject of discussion toward the end of the Reagan administration, when it became obvious that the president was suffering a loss of cognitive ability. It wasn’t evoked then but as we now know, Reagan was indeed suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Had it become more acute or more obvious while he was in office, Congress might well have had to take action as laid out in the amendment.
It’s obvious that Trump has a narcissistic personality, which in itself is not disqualifying. He’s not the first president to have one; nor will he be the last. But his issues seem to run deeper than that. Some observers have suggested that he shows the characteristics of classic psychopathy. And there are plenty of people who see his behavior as blatantly self-destructive.
For added insult, the piece also quotes noted anti-Trump neocon David Frum.
Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Article 4. We’re all going to be talking a lot more about it in the months ahead.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 16, 2016
Pro tip: when meeting w the people who have the power to remove you under the 25th amendment, try not to say anything glaringly insane https://t.co/64hUBFAK38
— David Frum (@davidfrum) January 24, 2017
This line of attack is not only designed to eventually remove Donald Trump but also to sow discord within the Trump Administration itself by pushing the absurd idea that his own cabinet can turn against him while gaining even more power for themselves in the process.
Clearly we are now seeing that the massive amount of attacks on Trump’s very legitimacy that took place before the inauguration are going no where and will continue to be a hallmark of corporate media coverage for at least the next four years.
And people wonder why Donald Trump hates the mainstream media?