Pelosi Announces 25th Amendment Bill To Give Commission Power To Remove President
Nancy Pelosi announced a bill that would use the 25th Amendment to create a “bipartisan” commission that could remove the president from power.
“Bipartisan” Congressional Commission That Could Remove President From Power
The 25th Amendment states that a majority of “such other body as Congress may by law provide” may determine if the President is fit for office.
The bill, authored by Representative Jamie Raskin, would create a bipartisan “Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of the Office.”
Made up of 17 “bipartisan” members, the commission could determine whether the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” if they are physically or mentally incapacitated, and then decide that a transfer of power is needed.
“This is not about President Trump,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Friday, only a day after claiming President Trump is “in an altered state” following his COVID diagnosis.
“He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.”
Speaker Pelosi: "This is not about President Trump… The 25th Amendment creates a path preserving stability if a President suffers a crippling physical or mental problem." https://t.co/xWwq5QLLPc pic.twitter.com/LxruPbjVaE
— The Hill (@thehill) October 9, 2020
Raskin: “We Need To Act”
“We need to act,” said Raskin, who joined Pelosi at the press conference.
“In times of chaos, we must hold fast to our Constitution. The 25th Amendment is all about the stability of the presidency and the continuity of the office.”
This is the second bill that Raskin has created to set up such a commission.
“For the security of our people and the safety of the Republic, we need to set up the ‘body’ called for in the 25th Amendment,” Raskin said in 2017.
“The president can fire his entire Cabinet for asking the same question tens of millions of Americans are asking at their dinner tables, but he cannot fire Congress or the expert body we set up under the Constitution,” he continued.
“Pelosi Is Just Embarrassing Herself”
The backlash to the bill from Republicans was fierce and immediate.
“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats still have not accepted the results of the 2016 election,” Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) tweeted.
“Their talk of the 25th Amendment is just a continuation of that.”
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats still have not accepted the results of the 2016 election. Their talk of the 25th amendment is just a continuation of that.
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 9, 2020
Donald Trump Jr. got a good laugh out of it:
The person who is third in line to the nuclear codes but was “setup” by her hair salon wants to have a conversation about the 25th amendment… Good one??? https://t.co/t1XbgfLSdw
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 8, 2020
The Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said that Pelosi was “just embarassing herself” with the 25th Amendment bill, and that the bill made Adam Schiff’s “conspiracy theories seem normal.”
.@SpeakerPelosi is just embarrassing herself here.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) October 9, 2020
Many others weighed in on the bill:
How drunk is Nancy Pelosi THIS TIME if she thinks she can remove Trump with the 25th Amendment?
— Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA) October 9, 2020
Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a commission to determine who can become President. That’s about as anti-Democratic as its gets!
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) October 9, 2020
Congressional Democrats have not stopped their quest to remove President @realDonaldTrump from office since the day he was sworn into office, working night and day to overturn the will of Americans.
Here is another installment of their pathetic series. https://t.co/ZvM2pZGjHl
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) October 8, 2020
First it was the Russia hoax, then sham impeachment. Now she’s trying to invoke the 25th amendment because he… fully recovered from the coronavirus?
We won’t let her get away with it.https://t.co/L9fRPFpynC
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) October 8, 2020
I wouldn’t put it past @SpeakerPelosi to stage a coup.
She has already weaponized impeachment, what’s to keep her from weaponizing the 25th amendment?
We need a new Speaker! https://t.co/W2j3GP3Imt
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) October 8, 2020
Trump Has A Totally Different View
President Trump had a different take.
Perhaps because Pelosi argued that the bill “isn’t about Trump,” the President saw something else:
Namely, removing Joe Biden from power, and replacing him with Kamala Harris.
Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
It follows comments from the President on Thursday, where he described Senator Harris as “horrible,” “totally unlikeable,” and a “communist,” who would replace Biden as President “within months” if they won the presidential election in November.
Dan McLaughlin of the National Review agreed with Trump:
Pelosi already prepping the case for installing President Harris. https://t.co/jzGAPl93Rk
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 9, 2020