In a move that makes any logical person tilt their head and say ‘huh?” a House Democrat, Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), proposed legislation that would make it easier to impeach the president through coordination with, get this, former presidents and vice presidents and the sitting vice president.
This mechanism would be in place just in case the sitting president was completely off his rocker and fired his entire cabinet in a fit of mentally unbalanced rage.
According to The Hill:
Blumenauer’s proposal stems from concern that the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which was adopted five decades ago, would fall short in cases of emotional or mental incapacity.
The amendment states that the vice president assumes the Oval Office in the event that a president is removed from office, dies or resigns.
Alternatively, the vice president and a majority of Cabinet officers can also jointly declare that a president is unfit to serve. The vice president would then take over as president in such a case.
In the event that a president refused to step down, two-thirds of both the House and Senate would have to vote to force the resignation.
But Blumenauer posited that the mechanism wouldn’t be effective if a mentally unstable president simply fired all the Cabinet members. He argued it’s also possible that Cabinet members might feel pressured to stand by the president in the polarized political environment despite their own personal misgivings.
“Because the cabinet can be fired by the president, there is a natural bias that would make them reluctant to acknowledge the president’s inability to serve. It’s time to revisit and strengthen the Amendment and make sure there is a reliable mechanism in place if the president becomes unable to discharge the powers and duties of office,” Blumenauer said.
Oh, okay. The hair pulling and garment rending from the left over Trump’s mental state might be little more believable if they hadn’t for decades tried to make every Republican look like a psychopath. To the point of portraying a man like Mitt Romney as an animal abuser who was a bully and ultimately caused the death of a former classmate.
Democrats are convinced they will have Trump impeached within months and are pulling out all the stops to try and make their fever dreams and breathy promises to constituents come true.
One has to wonder if Democrats will ever realize that the rules they manipulate with their machinations to undermine the system can ultimately be used against them later. They didn’t learn with the nuclear option over judicial nominees and it doesn’t seem to be registering here either.
It should be noted that this is a simple ploy to garner attention and has a likelihood of being passed at 0.00%.