Since President Donald Trump’s recent hospital stay for treatment of the coronavirus, some of his critics have renewed their claims that he is somehow unfit to serve as commander in chief.
As for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), her latest strategy involves potentially invoking the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, citing the potential impacts of the virus and its treatments on the commander-in-chief’s health and mental state, as reported by Fox News.
“The public needs to know”
Under the narrow terms of that constitutional provision, Vice President Mike Pence would be next in the line of succession with Pelosi following behind him.
Of course, Democrats favoring such a path would have to meet the likely unattainable bar of proving that Trump “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Despite the fact that the president has apparently experienced a rapid recovery and has been back to work less than a week after testing positive, Pelosi wants Americans to believe the administration is holding back important information about his health.
“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the President,” she said, according to Fox. “There’s one question that he refused to answer…when was his last negative test?”
For his part, Trump has made it clear that he credits the medical staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a mix of therapeutics — including steroids that he said made him feel decades younger.
“Looking at the 25th Amendment”
In response to the speaker’s announcement on Friday that she would introduce legislation to create a commission on evaluating the president’s fitness to serve, the White House issued a swift and severe repudiation.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris,” Trump tweeted, as Fox reported separately. “The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany chimed in with her own post, declaring that the “only one who needs the 25th Amendment is Nancy Pelosi herself.”
Even if Pelosi were successful in pushing her plan through a Democratic-controlled House, however, she would still need Senate Republicans to get on board.
That same Senate is currently planning to nominate Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee on the strength of a GOP majority, though, so such an outcome is unlikely at best.