Democrats upset with the president’s use of Twitter are now pushing for something extraordinary: the use of the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from the White House.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a freshman, is pushing a bill that would create a commission to check the mental and physical health of the president and perhaps force use of the 25th Amendment, which allows the vice president to remove the president from office with the consent of the Cabinet or Congress.
A batch of House Democrats, of course, have been chattering about the possibility since April, but Trump’s recent tweets — on Mika Brzezinski and CNN — have apparently moved Trump haters to more vigorously pursue the quixotic strategy.
Some Trump supporters are wondering if the president, intentionally or not, is driving House Democrats and other Trump bashers toward the realm of the mad.
“The only thing this news illustrates is just how out on the fringes of American politics some on the Left have become,” said Jeffrey Lord, a CNN contributor and one of Trump’s top defenders.
Lord said the bill also risks the talk of Democrats, who took a beating in the 2016 elections, seeking to overturn elections via legislation or courts. If that sounds familiar, it is: Democrats complained of the same tactics in 1999 when Republicans moved to impeach President Bill Clinton. Democrats said then that impeachment efforts were an attempt to overturn the 1996 presidential election.
“This is a plan for a not-so-silent coup. They will fail,” said Lord. “They will also be laughed at — deservedly so.”
And the White House believes the bill is a transparently anti-Trump potshot.
“This is nothing more than a political stunt,” said Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, in an email to LifeZette.
Neither Spicer nor Lord addressed what could happen if such a move backfired on the Democrats — particularly with the 2018 midterm elections approaching. Such a backfire happened in the 1998 midterm elections, when Republicans sought to impeach former Democratic President Bill Clinton.
Another backfire occurred in 2002, when Democrats sought to gain congressional seats in the midterm elections, something that usually happens to out-of-power parties in midterm elections. With President George W. Bush in office, Democrats thought they had victory in the bag. But over-the-top attacks on Bush contributed to the Democrats’ poor showing.
Now, the bill to force a mental examination of the president shows how Trump’s Twitter habits have driven the Democrats to extremes.
The Raskin bill would set up a “commission” to examine the president. It would be an 11-member bipartisan commission known as the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, according to NBC News. Raskin seeks to exploit Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which allows the vice president to remove the president if there is agreement he cannot “discharge the powers and duties of the office.”
A bipartisan commission would provide that consent, according to the bill.
But talk of using it in real life has ratcheted up among crazed anti-Trumpers. Last week, after Trump made attacks upon Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” liberal Trump bashers began using the hashtag #25thAmendmentNow on Twitter.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton, tweeted he was heading back to Washington in a few days and wanted to meet with Raskin, an attorney by trade. Castro made sure to “cc” Trump, to vex the president.
“Hey what’s that 25th Amendment legislation you’re working on? Track me down when we get back next week,” tweeted Castro to Raskin.
Lord, who has seen all manner of Trump hysteria since he began backing Trump in 2015, is not impressed, and he noted Democrats are engaged in talk of destabilizing government at a time of national celebration.
“Ironically this move comes as America celebrates the Fourth of July,” said Lord. “The Fourth, of course, began the long road to freedom and eventually the Constitution.”
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