Pelosi Says She's Exploring Removing Trump Under the 25th Amendment

Brittany M. Hughes | October 9, 2020
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and her party members on Friday will discuss ways to remove President Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, which states that a president can be forcibly replaced by the vie president if the sitting president "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

"Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow," Pelosi said. "We're going to be talking about the 25th Amendment."

According to NBC News, Pelosi plans to introduce legislation on Friday creating a "Commission on Presidential Capacity” to assess Trump’s ability to carry out his presidential responsibilitiesfollowing his positive test and treatment for COVID-19.

“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the President," Pelosi said. "There's one question that he refused to answer … when was his last negative test?" Pelosi said that this information is necessary in order to “make a judgment about the actions that were taken after that.”

The House Speaker also accused Trump of being incapacitated by medication.

“The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t know how to answer for that behavior.”

"There are those who say when you are on steroids or have Covid-19, there may be some impairment of judgment,” she added.

Upon hearing the news, Trump fired back at Pelosi in a tweet, calling her "crazy."

Also on Thursday, White House doctors officially cleared Trump to return to his job as normal barring any "unforeseen complications," saying he has "completed his course of therapy" for COVID-19.

As millions of Americans struggle to get back on their feet amid lingering COVID-19 restrictions and a kneecapped economy, and with an election looming less than one month away, it’s safe to say that this entire process is, at best, a giant waste of time. 

Firstly, the 25th Amendment can only be triggered if the vice president or a majority of the heads of state or another governmental body declare that the president has been rendered incapable of doing the job – a far from likely scenario. And, even if Pelosi convinces the Democrat-controlled House to go along with the plan, she still has to get it past a Republican-controlled Senate and Vice President Mike Pence.

(Cover Photo: Gage Skidmore)

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