Nancy Pelosi announced a bill that would use the 25th Amendment to create a “bipartisan” commission that could remove the 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.”
“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.
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.”
Donald Trump Jr. got a good laugh out of it:
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.”
Many others weighed in on the bill:
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.
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:
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