“It is wrong to have sent members of Congress home and then try to adopt without any debate a precedent-setting resolution that could imperil our Republic. The U.S. House must never adopt a resolution that demands the removal of a duly elected president, without any hearings, debate or recorded votes.”
— Congressman Alex Mooney, blocking the Democrats’ idiotic and unethical attempt to pass a unanimous motion calling on Vice-President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which is neither relevant nor legal under current circumstances.
Why yes, Congressman, it is! Not that you don’t deserve credit for speaking up, but it increasingly appears that the latest, most petty and potentially most dangerous effort by Democrats to prematurely end Donald Trunp’s tenure as President is incompetent, grandstanding, and not very serious, as if trying to remove a President shouldn’t always be serious.
On the other hand, after 19 previous attempts, maybe these mini-coups are like eating buttered popcorn to these vicious hacks. Once they start, they just can’t stop.
Mooney’s statement began, “Today I objected to Speaker Pelosi’s attempt to adopt via unanimous consent a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump. Speaker Pelosi should not attempt to adopt a resolution of this magnitude without any debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Exactly. It’s good to know someone in that big, white domey thing can read.
Pelosi’s statement, in contrast, suggest that she’s the one who has become unable to discharge the duties of her office:
“The House Republicans rejected this legislation to protect America, enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue. Their complicity endangers America, erodes our Democracy, and it must end. The House will next take up the Raskin legislation in regular order to call upon the Vice President to activate the 25th Amendment to remove the President. We are further calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours after passage.”
Nonsense, designed for people who know neither the law, the Constitution, logic, or the English language.
There was no sedition by even the most broad definition (though I haven’t checked what Miriam-Webster has done to the definition in recent days). Pelosi’s Democrats have come closer to sedition, and they are nowhere near it yet. Protect America against what? No one, not even the most clinically Trump Deranged, seriously thinks that the President is going to do anything dire in the next 10 days. It is contrived stunts and plots like this one that endanger the nation, not anything the President has done or might do.
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the head of the campaign arm for House Republicans, called it “a politically motivated effort by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats that will fracture our nation even more instead of bringing us together.” As to the first claim, “Duh,” and as to the last, “Of course”… as I already wrote here, and the conclusion wasn’t hard.
Emmer added that the anger underlying the Capitol riot was, in part, triggered by years of “fomenting the type of vitriol that has been dividing our nation over the course of many years and it has to stop.” That’s hardly a revelation either, or shouldn’t be.
Nor is it difficult to dismiss Pelosi’s lawless stunt as a desecration of the Constitution after her candid remarks yesterday in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” correspondent Leslie Stahl. Stahl trapped Pelosi into spilling the beans by saying, “There is a possibility that after all of this, there’s no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for President.”
“And that’s one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment!” Pelosi responded. “I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him, he’s out of office, but there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time. This president is guilty of inciting insurrection. He has to pay a price for that.”
Well, “getting rid of him,” which has been the Democrats’ goal since he was elected, is not a valid motivation for cooking up a fake impeachment resolution and deliberately misusing the 25th Amendment, which specifically describes a disability. Donald Trump’s jerkism is a serious character flaw, but it isn’t a disability like Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, or if Reagan or Kennedy lingered on between life and death after they were shot. That’s what the 25th Amendment is for. I am certain the use of it that Pelosi wants would be forbidden by the Supreme Court.
Moreover, as all but the most partisan legal experts have pointed out, it is absurd to say that the President is guilty of inciting an “insurrection.” Jonathan Turley made that case definitively, and there is no plausible way a phony House impeachment will get Trump out of office before he’s out of office anyway. As Alan Dershowitz has explained, and he seems genuinely contemptuous of the Democratic plot, “The case cannot come to trial in the Senate. Because the Senate has rules, and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until 1 p.m. on January 20th, an hour after President Trump leaves office.”
The Senate cannot vote to convict a private citizen of anything. Read that Constitution, Nancy, or have someone explain it to you. Furthermore, neither the 25th Amendment nor an impeachment could stop Trump from running for office. The Democrats have a Representative, Alcee Hastings, who is an impeached and convicted federal judge. If he can run for Congress, Trump could run for President. (Andrew Johnson, who was also impeached but acquitted, also ran for Congress, and was elected to the Senate. Maybe whoever reads the Constitution to Nancy should also read some American history books.
So basically the Democrats are willing to exacerbate the bitterness and division in the country by using impeachment or the 25th Amendment to just denigrate and rough up Trump before he leaves office, as a political device to minimize the chances that they have to face him again.
That is not what those provisions are in the Constitution for. Using them as tools of political warfare is an abuse of power and an insult to our system of government.