The main problem with the 25th Amendment, as it is written, is that the power to declare the President incapable of performing his duties rests in the hands of the Vice President. Mike Pence is an example of a vice president who, out of loyalty, fear, and political opportunism, helps the president stay in office even if he burned the constitution on national television with Putin by his side. There is no point in transferring the power to protect the country from a mad president to a vice-president of the same party who is afraid of a backlash from voters.
Psychiatrists, legal scholars, former friends and former members of the administration bravely appear on national television voicing concerns about Trump’s mental stability and cognitive functions. There has never been a president who has fraudulently declared a fair election and suggested the possibility of declaring Marshal Law to nullify the votes of millions of Americans. In addition, Trump is ignoring the growing pandemic, a collapsing economy, and Russian hacking into top secret intelligence and military data. The waiver of his duties is clear. The 25th Amendment, if implemented, could have saved lives and protected the attack on our democracy.
In her book, Mary L. Trump describes her uncle Donald as dangerous, narcissistic, and sociopathic. Mary is a licensed clinical psychologist and has witnessed Trump’s cold, cruel, vengeful, and self-centered behavior throughout her life. Her father was a victim of his cruelty, infidelity and disrespect, and Mary herself was victimized by his greed during the dissolution of the family trust after her grandfather’s death.
Trump continues to garner support from conspiracy theorists who are willing to support his delusional belief that he can stay in power despite losing the election. The people who stay in Trump’s inner circle are pals, curios, family members, and opportunistic sycophants. Gone are the patriots of democracy, the frontrunners of its professionals, and the leaders of moral integrity. Driven by his narcissism, low self-esteem and shame, Trump has fired any of his staff and administration who opposed his pursuit of authoritarian, unconstitutional use of power. The majority of the exiles were lifelong Republicans whose careers ended because they would not follow Trump’s demands to break the law or sacrifice their integrity by lying or cheating on his behalf. What remains of his inner circle is a collection of pathetic pals and madmen like Rudy Giuliani, attorney Sidney Powell, Mark Meadows, and would-be sons Don Jr. and Eric.
Americans worried about national security and the survival of our democracy are strategizing their safeguards around more destructive measures Trump could take. Given the danger that Trump’s delusional state poses to the country, why not hold a referendum where the people can decide whether a president is normal enough to continue performing his duties? Trump proves what many Republicans have said. Trump is a fake republican. He does not care about the party’s tradition and ideology. He has turned against and tried to ruin his career and life against any Republican who opposed him in any way based on his principles and loyalty to the party. AG William Barr is gone, and Mitch McConnell has been warned by Trump that he should remain loyal to him even after he leaves office. His supporters mean nothing to him but a way to maintain relevance. Anyone who continues to support his attack on democracy and viewing America is complicit, and the consequences for doing so should be legislated by Congress.
PS. Who thinks Joe Biden illegally stole the poll should turn down the added COVID incentive they will no doubt receive? issued once in office. Be consistent in your unpatriotic resistance!