Pelosi’s Talk of 25th Amendment Undermines the Public Trust
(RightWing.org) – What is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) thinking? She is introducing legislation that, if passed into law, would create a “Commission on Presidential Capacity.” Her goal is to weaponize the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office immediately. His Crime? He was under a doctor’s care while infected with COVID-19 with no proven decline in cognitive ability.
Not only is the idea dangerous and reckless, but it also demonstrates that Democrats meant what they said in 2017 and 2018. They intend to remove and/or shame the president at all costs. They championed the Russian collusion hoax intending to remove Trump, they tried to impeach him, and now they want to invoke the 25th Amendment less than one month before the election.
During the Kavanaugh hearings in 2018, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned America about the behavior of Democrats, and said he hoped they never get power:
What Is the 25th Amendment?
Prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there were no formal means to transfer power from the vice president to the president. The Constitution did not spell out how the vice president would assume office if needed. In February 1967, the newly-adopted amendment provided the process for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.
The 25th Amendment established that the vice president becomes president under three circumstances: death, resignation, and removal from office.
Section 4 is what Pelosi hopes to abuse. Suppose the president is unable to perform his official duties. It says the decision to remove a president who is unable to do his job can be made by “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…”
That body, if passed, would be the “Commission on Presidential Capacity.”
Pelosi’s Hail Mary
While Congress has the power under the 25th Amendment to do what Pelosi is considering, it takes the fullness of Congress, not the Speaker of the House, to pass legislation. If a bill passes the House to create the “Commission on Presidential Capacity,” it would likely be partisan. It would have no hope of being entertained in the Republican-led Senate.
Worse still, if the law passes, it would establish a new precedent that could be used against any president for political purposes instead of legitimate ones. This is nothing more than a political stunt to try to make Trump look bad before the election with hopes it will stick with voters. If Republicans happen to win the House and Senate, should they invoke the 25th Amendment when Biden gaffes?
On Friday morning, Pelosi made herself the leader of the commission to investigate Trump’s fitness for office. Lindsey Graham warned us what they would do if they got power, and Democrats are doing all they can, right up to the very end, to guarantee Trump is gone and they get the power.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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