On Thursday morning, Trump fired off a belligerent tweetstorm attacking the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, and among an array of responses, some are now renewing calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove Trump from office.
The 25th Amendment allows for the Vice President and a majority of members of the president’s Cabinet to remove the president from office should they find the nation’s chief executive to no longer be able to properly fulfill the duties of the office of the president. This move would be taken in cases where the president was incapacitated in some form due to physical or perhaps even mental illness.
Trump’s unhinged attack on Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe now has some wondering aloud whether or not the time has come for the 25th Amendment to be invoked. In his tweetstorm, Trump says something that is no doubt a belligerent lie, claiming that Brzezinski came to him at one point with her face bleeding badly from a face lift gone bad. The context for Trump’s alleged bloody interactions with Brzezinski and her co-host and fiancee, Joe Scarborough, is the pair having allegedly, according to Trump, sought to join him for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
These claims are so outlandish that they weren’t even met with direct responses from Mika or a NBC spokesperson. Brzezinski simply posted a tweet showing the back of a Cheerio’s box that read: “Made For Little Hands,” while NBC spokesperson Mark Kornblau simply said:
‘Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, “it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.”‘
Check it out below.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) June 29, 2017
Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, "it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States."
— Mark Kornblau (@MarkKornblau) June 29, 2017
Many others have, of course, weighed in on the situation, with a number of prominent internet personalities suggesting that the time is ripe for the president to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment on account of his “emotional instability.”
For example, journalist Keith Olbermann postulated:
‘Must-ask at next WH briefing. “After these tweets, is POTUS considering stepping aside for emotional health reasons via the 25th Amendment?”‘
Must-ask at next WH briefing. "After these tweets, is POTUS considering stepping aside for emotional health reasons via the 25th Amendment?"
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 29, 2017
Screen icon Rob Reiner said:
‘Besides possible obstruction of justice & treason, we have a childish mentally unstable bully in the WH. We have 25th Amend. for a reason.’
Besides possible obstruction of justice & treason, we have a childish mentally unstable bully in the WH. We have 25th Amend. for a reason.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 29, 2017
Check out other such comments below.
The scary thing about any 25th Amendment scenario: VP is almost as unstable. Anybody who believes in gay conversion therapy is a psychopath. https://t.co/8yn1wWXOye
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 29, 2017
It's the answer to a future Jeopardy question. "What were the final Tweets that forced the GOP to start Trump's 25th Amendment proceedings? https://t.co/mSOD9krDes
— Ken Pomerance (@Mrclean1982) June 29, 2017
In any other presidency this would be cause to trigger the 25th amendment. But in 2017, this is normal.
Nixon at least created the EPA. pic.twitter.com/cEfZGJrT8G
— Bill Burton (@billburton) June 29, 2017
— missLtoe (@missLtoe) June 29, 2017
A high school student would be expelled for this kind of conduct. This is 25th Amendment territory…"the pivot" will never happen. https://t.co/G9RlpZuVso
— Whitesell & Company (@Whitesell2) June 29, 2017
— Steve Hellem (@Navista7) June 29, 2017
Sorrowfully enough, the Vice President and presidential Cabinet members are no doubt in way too deep in Trump’s pocket to even think about invoking the 25th Amendment.
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