Democrats are floundering.
Hardly anyone is talking about “collusion” with Russia anymore.
That’s why some Democrats are pivoting to a new assault on Trump that could undermine the very foundation of our government.
The 25th Amendment.
Added to the Constitution in 1967, the idea was to clarify the wording in Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution, which does not expressly state whether the Vice President becomes the President or Acting President when the President dies, resigns, or is removed from office.
Since then, it’s only been invoked six times. Three during the vacancies created by the Nixon Administration’s resignations, and three other times when Presidents underwent medical procedures requiring anesthesia.
Now, House Democrats are considering weaponizing the 25th Amendment in an effort spearheaded by Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
They want Trump declared “mentally unfit” and use the Amendment to replace him.
And they’re getting help from partisan psychiatrists to do so.
The Washington Times reports on this plot:
Lawmakers will gather for dinner Wednesday night at the Washington home of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, in a “salon-like” setting to hear from Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale University professor and forensic psychiatrist who believes Mr. Trump is “dangerous” and requires a mental-capacity exam.
Democratic lawmakers have been raising questions about Mr. Trump’s mental fitness since last spring. Dr. Lee, who has co-authored a book asserting the president’s unfitness for office, held a similar meeting last month with about a dozen House and Senate Democrats.
In an interview with Vox, Dr. Lee cited several reasons for her concern that Mr. Trump is a danger to the public, including the “sheer frequency of his tweets [that] seemed to reflect the frantic state of mind he was entering, and his retweeting some violent anti-Muslim videos showed a concerning attraction to violence. And then there were the belligerent nuclear threats [toward North Korea].”
The tactic is not without its critics though, as the article points out.
Dr. Lee is taking some professional criticism for offering her opinions on what she calls the president’s “mental health crisis.” Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, called it “political partisanship disguised as patriotism.”
“More than any other medical specialty, psychiatry is vulnerable to being exploited for partisan political purposes and for bypassing due process for establishing guilt, fault, and fact,” Dr. Lieberman wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. “
While citizens have an obligation to speak out against government injustice, he said, “that does not mean that psychiatrists can use their medical credentials to brand elected officials with neuropsychiatric diagnoses without sufficient evidence and appropriate circumstances. To do so undermines the profession’s integrity and credibility.”
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