President Trump’s Mental Fitness and the 25th Amendment

President Trump’s Mental Fitness and the 25th Amendment

President Trump’s mental health is under attack by those on the left. Ever since President Donald Trump was a candidate and secured the Republican Party’s nomination, and perhaps even before that, those on the left have sought to attack Mr. Trump using a variety of tactics. This is nothing new and is the nature of the beast in politics. If one runs for office, one should expect outlandish attacks spanning from a variety of things. However, that being said, President Trump has endured a barrage of unprecedented attacks from his detractors and opponents. The latest attacks feature proposed actions regarding the 25th Amendment.

Mr. Trump’s candidacy for the presidency of the United States was initially treated with scoff and ridicule. Many people, even among those on the Republican side did not take his candidacy seriously. He was often lauded as a sideshow or a circus act with no actual chance of being a legitimate contender. However, as Trump’s message resonated with disenfranchised voters and angry American citizens, Trump’s opponents realized he was a threat and pursued means to discredit him.

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After that did not work, and he won the election, Trump’s shocked, rattled, and morbid opponents employed a publicly announced “resistance” with the goals of obstructing every one of his moves and searching for a way to discredit anything President Trump hoped to accomplish. After a successful first year in the White House, and attacks claiming racism, sexism and misogyny not working or backfiring, those on the left have stepped up the magnitude and frequency of these attacks using a new weapon – Trump’s mental health.

With the release of Michael Wolff’s literary tale, Fire and Fury, Trump’s opponents have circled the wagons of questioning his mental health in hopes that it will negatively affect his public opinion so much so, it will virtually eliminate anything on his agenda as well as squash any hopes of reelection.

One of the ironies of this particular attack is that those on the left have spent the better part of the past two years propping up the importance of mental health awareness in the United States. They have also hoped to eliminate any stigma associated with mental health issues. However, all that is thrown out the window when it comes to pursuing political power. In that realm, psychological health inferiority is a pariah that is a danger to humanity.

Fire and Fury presented a sneering description of a Trump administration in constant chaos and described President Trump as allegedly intellectually incapable, overall uninterested and mentally unfit to be president. The overall criticisms are that he is ill-prepared, displays little interest in the specifics of policies, that those in his inner circle are worried that he is not up to the job of being president.

To pursue this agenda driven attack, those on the left have started to beat the war drums on utilizing the 25th amendment in the Constitution to remove President Trump from office. The 25th amendment has been touted previously by those on the left as a means to eliminate Trump from office. However, with the release of Wolff’s literary tale, this method has picked up steam among the pariahs on the left. Social media is humming with implementing the 25th amendment to remove Trump without even remotely understanding what this would entail or how it would even happen. All they know is to reiterate this message and try to make it mainstream to shape political thought.

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The 25th amendment was precipitated as a response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Ultimately, Kennedy died, however, the concern was what would have occurred if Kennedy had survived but had not been able to adequately function as a human being and, regarding our government, as president of the United States. The language in the 25th amendment detailing what could cause a president to be involuntarily removed from office is somewhat vague.

This particular provision of the amendment states:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments, or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting President.

Simply put, the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could take such a step when “the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” However, even in this situation, the president can challenge these claims.

As the amendment states:

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department, or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

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Then the choice would go to Congress to decide the fate of the President. So, mostly, a mutiny against the President would have to occur for this to happen. Suffice to say; there is virtually no chance this could be used as a means to remove Trump from office.

Its ambiguity might have been on purpose. “I think it’s both its strength and its weakness,” Jay Berman told Politico (a former chief of staff to Sen. Birch Bayh who helped craft the amendment in the 1960s). “The answer is not provided in the 25th Amendment. … It just does not provide that certainty or specificity. That might be easier in the context of physical incapacity, but it would be a lot harder in the case of mental incapacity.”

So while the removal of President Trump from office because of mental instability will keep liberals and those on the left salivating, ultimately it is a fruitless pursuit. Nothing will come of it, nor should it. To label President Trump as mentally unfit is nothing more than a partisan smear job with a group of people who still have not come to realize Hillary Clinton is not the president. And rather than accept the will of the people, they are trying to try any means necessary to achieve their goal – Trump’s removal.

Either way, despite all of their obstructionist and totalitarian pursuits, one can call President Trump any name they wish. However, given all of his accomplishments in less than a year on the job, the question should be unanimously asked: If a mentally unfit president can achieve all that Trump has, what mental state were his predecessors in?

Do you think that President Trump has his sanity still intact? Do you think that the left is trying to fabricate his “insanity” in the hopes of using the 25th Amendment? Let us know in the comments below!