For years now, the hardcore corners of the left side of the aisle have been whispering about the 25th Amendment, and how it could potentially be used to somehow oust Donald Trump.
This is, of course, a long-shot tactic, and by no means has anyone in The Beltway taken the idea seriously. This is largely due to the fact that the President’s cabinet and the Vice president himself would have to be involved to make it work.
On Friday, in a move that was likely a nod to her more radical supporters, Nancy Pelosi brought the 25th Amendment to the forefront of the national conversation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced legislation to create a commission that would allow Congress to oust a president from office, using the 25th Amendment, a day after she accused President Trump of being “in an altered state” from his coronavirus treatment.
“This is not about President Trump,” Pelosi maintained Friday. “He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.”
Pelosi denied that the timing of the legislation had anything to do with the election and argued that setting up a commission on presidential capacity is needed to “give some comfort to people” on the stability of the government.
President Trump was quick to respond:
Trump immediately shot back and said Pelosi’s effort is really to remove a future President Joe Biden.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris,” Trump tweeted. “The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!”
Despite Pelosi’s earlier insistence that this was “not about President Trump”, Madame Speaker would go on to lament what she saw as an informational morass coming from the White House in relation to President Trump’s current health.
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