Apparently, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) is a headhunter now. He chairs the Senate GOP Campaign group and has decided to call for President Joe Biden’s head. He has decided to make use of the 25th Amendment to remove POTUS’ from office. This compared to Trump who raged, spit fire, and sent demon thoughts to even his own vice president.
The Presidential Vacancy and Disability Twenty-Fifth Amendment calls for the removal of a president who is unable to do his job. Funny. That was what we thought about the man who spent his days in the White House sleeping in, golfing, and kissing dictators. It seemed Trump even was “in love” with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. But apparently, the Mar-a-Lago emperor not only has no clothes, but he is invisible to the Republicans, too.
No wonder they thought that Trump was the second coming of Russian President Vladimir Putin. For Republicans, that cloak of invisibility covers his graft, lies, and even a many-armed coup attempt. So what is up with the Scott man who is like his Republican brothers, a slave to the orange man:
‘After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?’
The 25th Amendment calls for the vice president and a majority of his Cabinet or conversely, a group that Congress sets up can remove a president. They must make a declaration that a president is unfit for office.
The idea that Trump and his minions have been trying to raise doubts about President Biden’s mental fitness is rich, coming from the guy who was in a perpetual big boy tantrum.
During Trump’s presidency, Democrats and even some Republicans were calling for his removal from office using the 25th Amendment after January 6. He invited a mob of enraged followers to Washington DC, ginned them up, aimed them at the Capitol Building as weapons in an attempted, violent coup.
Scott did not even bother to vote for the ex-president’s impeachment. But there he is, right up front to call for President Biden’s removal. Standing right next to him, Representative Ronny Jackson (R-TX) had the same idea, saying:
‘Something MUST be done.’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell (R-KY) released a statement this weekend:
‘A proud superpower has been reduced to hoping the Taliban will not interfere with our efforts to flee Afghanistan. God knows what fate awaits vulnerable Afghans who cannot make it to Kabul to board one of the final flights out. Terrorists and major competitors like China are watching the embarrassment of a superpower laid low.’
Trump set up a time bomb for President Biden when the ex-president negotiated with the Taliban and excluded the Afghanistan president for a withdrawal deadline. He came up with May 1 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan to leave. Biden renegotiated for a September 11 deadline, but that was still not enough time for the Afghanis to leave. The existing Afghanistan government did not want any number of the residents to leave, because it thought that would undermine the existing military’s moral.
Scott said according to The Politico’s magazine:
‘Today, I’m calling for Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to immediately launch a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the Biden administration’s failed withdrawal of American forces. They must put partisan politics aside and demand accountability from the Biden administration.’
Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a bruising comment about the sitting president with the hashtag “#25Amendment.”
The Republican National Committee (RNC) called the last days of our 20 years at war President Biden’s “Afghanistan Disaster.”
According to The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Univerisity, the 25th Amendment reads:
‘In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
‘Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
‘Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
‘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.
‘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 principle 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
‘The Twenty-fifth Amendment was an effort to resolve some of the continuing issues revolving about the office of the President; that is, what happens upon the death, removal, or resignation of the President and what is the course to follow if for some reason the President becomes disabled to such a degree that he cannot fulfill his responsibilities. The practice had been well established that the Vice President became President upon the death of the President, as had happened eight times in our history. Presumably, the Vice President would become President upon the removal of the President from office. Whether the Vice President would become acting President when the President became unable to carry on and whether the President could resume his office upon his recovering his ability were two questions that had divided scholars and experts. Also, seven Vice Presidents had died in office and one had resigned, so that for some twenty per cent of United States history there had been no Vice President to step up. But the seemingly most insoluble problem was that of presidential inability—Garfield’s lying in a coma for eighty days before succumbing to the effects of an assassin’s bullet, Wilson an invalid for the last eighteen months of his term, the result of a stroke—with its unanswered questions: who was to determine the existence of an inability, how was the matter to be handled if the President sought to continue, in what manner should the Vice President act, would he be acting President or President, what was to happen if the President recovered. Congress finally proposed this Amendment to the states in the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination, with the Vice Presidency vacant and a President who had previously had a heart attack.
‘The Amendment saw multiple use during the 1970s and resulted for the first time in our history in the accession to the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of two men who had not faced the voters in a national election. First, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973, and President Nixon nominated Gerald R. Ford to succeed him, following the procedures of § 2 of the Amendment for the first time. Hearings were held upon the nomination by the Senate Rules Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, both Houses thereafter confirmed the nomination, and the new Vice President took the oath of office December 6, 1973. Second, President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office August 9, 1974, and Vice President Ford immediately succeeded to the office and took the presidential oath of office at noon of the same day. Third, again following § 2 of the Amendment, President Ford nominated Nelson A. Rockefeller to be Vice President; on August 20, 1974, hearings were held in both Houses, confirmation voted, and Mr. Rockefeller took the oath of office December 19, 1974.1‘
- ‘For the legislative history, see S. REP. NO. 66, 89th Cong., 1st Sess. (1965); H.R. REP. NO. 203, 89th Cong., 1st Sess. (1965); H.R. REP. NO. 564, 89th Cong., 1st Sess. (1965). For an account of the history of the succession problem, see R. SILVA, PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION (1951).’
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