The 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — ratified in 1967 — allows for the majority of a President’s cabinet to determine if a President is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of the office. Such an action — submitted to both the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate (“President pro-tempore”) and the Speaker of the House of Representatives — allows for presidential succession to pass to the Vice President.
Although the 25th Amendment does not apply to presidential candidates, it’s time for those within Donald Trump’s inner circle to hold their own version of such an action — an “intervention” if you will — to save the Republican party — and more importantly, the country, from a Hillary Clinton presidency. Paul Manafort and his team, perhaps joined by Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan, and others whom Trump may actually respect and listen to — need to have the courage to do what 40% of the GOP primary electorate, the GOP convention delegates and party leadership have not been willing to do.
The events of the past couple of days should cement in the mind of even his most ardent supporters that Trump is unfit for the presidency. Putting aside his temperament and his dishonor, it has become clearer to me that (though I am not a clinician) Trump likely suffers from some psychological condition. Whether it’s bipolarity, schizophrenia, or NPD, I am convinced there is something pathological behind his behavior. And if that is accurate, those closest to him have the obligation to step in to not only save the party and the country, but to provide Trump with care he may need to treat his condition.
There are 99 days left before disaster strikes. This is a certainty. Either the disaster of a Clinton presidency or the disaster of a president who appears to be mentally unstable to lead this country. The clock is ticking and each day that passes without such an interdiction makes it more difficult for a workable solution to be had.
If Trump were to step aside — either voluntarily or involuntarily — I believe a majority of the electorate would rally around a Pence presidential candidacy in a way never before seen in U.S. national political history.
The time is now. Mr. Manafort, you can save this country. Don’t let its destruction be your legacy.