Back in April, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) introduced a bill that would force Donald Trump out of office if he was mentally or physically unable to do the job. Now, after a week full of outrageous tweets, the bill has gained steam.
Trump’s twitter rants this week attacking “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski has drawn a lot of notice from House Democrats. More Democrats have signed on to the legislation in the past week than when it was first introduced.
21 Democrats have now agreed to back the bill, which seeks to establish a commission to determine whether a president is unfit for office by creating the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity.
The bill refers to the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Trump’s attack on the media and anyone who doesn’t agree with him are sure signs of insanity, and we see it over and over again. It’s as if he’s constantly asking for attention.
There have been other ways to try to get Trump out of office. Back in May, both Reps. Al Green (D-Texas) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), called for impeachment during a fiery speech on the House floor. The two Congress man said they were separately drafting articles of impeachment against the president. They both believed that Trump was engaging in obstruction of justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey, which is a cause for impeachment.
Sherman said he would be trying to force a floor vote for his article if the House Judiciary Committee refuses to take it up. Unfortunately, since the House if majority-owned by Republicans it would be hard to win.
In order for Trump to be removed from office, a majority of members of the House must vote for charges of misconduct. Again, that will be hard since the majority are Republicans.
After having a majority vote in the House, the Senate, which the GOP also controls, has the power to try impeachment cases like a court. Two-thirds of senators must vote for conviction