U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is one of the latest Republicans to call for President Joe Biden’s removal from office.
Specifically, he sent a letter on Thursday to Vice President Kamala Harris urging her to invoke the 25th Amendment to force the president out.
“It’s a demonstrable fact”
His letter came on the same day as terrorist attacks at the international airport in Kabul that killed 13 U.S. service members — the deadliest day in a decade for Americans stationed in Afghanistan.
“Our nation is at a crisis point,” Cawthorn wrote.
His letter referenced other threats to America, including the rise of China, inflation, threats from Russia, and a crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. The North Carolina Republican asserted that it would take decisive and courageous leadership to meet these and other challenges.
“Joe Biden’s physical inability to lead is not a political talking point – it’s a demonstrable fact,” Cawthorn said in a subsequent statement to Fox News. “He is not mentally fit to serve as president of the United States.”
As for his motivation to act, the lawmaker noted that he “cannot sit idly by” as the nation suffers under the leadership of a president who “cannot discharge his duties.”
“God help us”
Cawthorn concluded: “There is no time to wait; the time for action is now.”
Directing his plea at the vice president, he asserted that Harris must be able to see Biden’s diminished mental capacity and the fact that he does not project the strength America needs right now. The White House did not provide a comment on the letter in response to a media request.
A number of Republicans have advocated for Biden’s ouster in the aftermath of his disastrous U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Of course, if he does step down or face removal, Harris would become the nation’s first female president.
For some in the GOP, including former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the prospect of a Harris administration is enough to support the status quo.
“Should Biden step down or be removed for his handling of Afghanistan?” she asked in a recent tweet. “Yes. But that would leave us with Kamala Harris which would be ten times worse. God help us.”