Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s first coup attempt against President Trump failed to remove him from office, so now she’s trying a brand new strategy to get him ousted using the 25th Amendment and concerns about the president’s health after testing positive for the coronavirus last week.
The 25th Amendment is the portion of the Constitution that states the vice president can become president if the current occupant of that role is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
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“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow,” Pelosi said. “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”
Pelosi had earlier questioned the status of Trump’s health, as well as exactly how long he has had COVID-19.
“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the President,” Pelosi said. “There’s one question that he refused to answer … when was his last negative test?” Pelosi said that this information is necessary in order to “make a judgment about the actions that were taken after that.”
“Let us see a date, a time when you last tested negative,” Pelosi said.
The 25th Amendment requires a declaration of the president’s inability from the vice president and either a majority of either the heads of executive branch departments “or of such other body as Congress may by law provide,” to be sent to the speaker of the House–in this case, Pelosi–and the president pro tempore of the Senate–currently Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
This really seems like a waste of time and resources. The amendment in question allows Congress to pass a law that would create a body to sign off on this sort of declaration, it would still need to have Senate Republicans be on board with it and include a signature from Vice President Pence himself.
It seems pretty unlikely any of that will be accomplished.
So why bother doing this?
It’s virtue signaling. This sort of action makes it look like Pelosi is trying to oppose Trump on every front in an attempt to convince voters they tried their best. They hope this will motivate folks to come out and vote against the president.
Pretty sad strategy.