Everyone who has been paying any attention to American politics is aware of the discussions that have sprung about concerning the feasibility of removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. It is obviously never going to happen, but I would like to explain why I think it would be a very bad idea. Trump is obviously not incapacitated. He has not had a stroke or a major heart attack. He is quite capable of playing a round of golf or giving a [rambling] ninety minute public speech. He is not in a persistent vegetative state. He is not in a more severe stage of dementia than Ronald Reagan was. He is just an ignorant, impulsive narcissistic bully utterly incapable of performing the normal functions of an American president.
Why then am I opposed to invoking the 25th Amendment? Quite simply, because if the Vice President, the cabinet, and Congress were to reverse the express choice of the American voters in that fashion, I think it is absolutely certain that there would be an irresistible push to do the same thing to a genuinely radical President, were one ever by some miracle to gain the White House, regardless of his or her personality traits. Indeed, the policies of such a President would be taken as evidence of his or her instability.
President Obama had it exactly right in his maiden political speech yesterday. The most effective check on Trump’s craziness is the vote, not the 25th Amendment. Four years ago, as he noted, only 20% of eligible young people voted in the midterm elections – Twenty percent! One in five! [Actually, he was rounding up for emphasis. The figure was 19%]
If some of those rolling their eyes and hashing their tags at Trump would just pause in their tweeting and snapchatting long enough to go to the polls and vote, we could start to turn this country around.