New Bill Would Give Obama & Clinton Power To KICK TRUMP OUT of White House
HR 2093 Would Rely on the Knowledge of Those That Know the Office Best
President Trump’s fitness to serve has come into question again this week following three significant gaffes. He forgot Speaker Paul Ryan’s name at a rally in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, continually calling him “Ron”. He claimed an “armada” was heading for the Korean Penninsula to provide defense for South Korea when in reality it was moving towards Australia for training exercises. These blunders came on the heels of the President describing his dessert while forgetting which country he bombed. These, along with longstanding debates over Donald Trump’s mental fitness bolster the argument set forth by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), which would allow people like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to determine Trump’s fitness to hold office.
The goal of Blumenauer’s bill is:
To provide for an alternative body to transmit a written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office in accordance with the provisions of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
The 25th Amendment already provides a path for declaring that “the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office“. It calls for the decision to be made by a majority of the Vice President and cabinet secretaries. However, it also states that the decision could be left to an “other body as Congress may by law provide“.
Obama, Clinton, Biden Among Proposed ‘Other Body’
The alternative body that Blumenauer proposes? Each former living President and Each former living Vice President. For perspective, such body at today would include Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter. It would also include Vice Presidents Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Walter Mondale.
Blumenauer told The Oregonian that the 25th Amendment as it stands does not protect against a mentally unfit President.
Blumenauer said his bill is necessary because the current presidential removal process could be manipulated by a mentally ill commander-in-chief.
“If you had a president that was delusional or paranoid the 25th Amendment wouldn’t work,” Blumenauer said Wednesday during a meeting with the Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board.
It’s undoubtedly a slippery slope that’s proposed in this bill. It’s not a stretch to see potential abuses in the hyper-partisan times we live in. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, his fitness could have been determined by not only the first President Bush and Quayle, but Republicans Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon — with only Carter and Mondale providing balance. However, the 25th Amendment still calls for a check against any imbalance. If a President deemed unfit refuses to step down, the House and Senate would both need supermajorities to force the resignation.
It’s also worth mentioning that such a bill has absolutely zero chance of getting through
Ron Paul Ryan’s House. Yet for Democrats who are beginning to feel the formation of a 2018 wave that could carry them to a House majority, it’s best to put every actionable proposal on the table and speak directly to the American voter.
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