In an endeavor to oust President Trump from office, Democrat legislators are blaming him for being mentally unstable and are invoking the 25th Amendment to propose legislation that would allow former presidents and vice presidents to evaluate Trump’s mental health. Representative Early Blumenauer, who has represented a Portland district for two decades, wrote in an op-ed released on Wednesday in The Oregonian that the 50-year-old 25th Amendment contains a “fatal flaw” that must be addressed.
The 25th Amendment enables the vice president to replace the president if the president files a resignation or is ousted from office by his Cabinet for being “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” It was approved in 1967 after President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.
Blumenauer stated that enables a president “who is suffering from mental illness and is emotionally unstable or irrational” to fire his Cabinet so they can “prevent the application of the amendment.”
He further added he was exploring legislation that will incorporate former presidents and vice presidents in that caution. In the meantime, Representative Ted Lieu stated earlier this month that he intends to propose legislation that would require a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House to monitor Trump’s “incredibly disturbing” attitude.
Senator Al Franken, in an interview withCNN on Feb. 12 said “a few” GOP associates are also suspicious of Trump’s mental welfare. Franken suggested that Trump’s proneness of stating falsehoods is symptomatic of his mental illness. He said the president’s uncorroborated statements about millions of unlawful votes for his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, in November’s election.
“That is not the norm for a president of the United States or actually for a human being,” Franken commented.