Invoke the 25th Amendment

I had hoped today I would be able to blog about Democratic victories in Georgia. Instead, I am forced to reckon with the most un-American thing I have seen in my 51 years: armed protestors going to our nation’s capitol to disrupt the certification of the results of the electoral college.

The man who enabled this, President Donald Trump, should be removed from office under the auspices of Section IV of the 25th Amendment.

We will discuss all this in class tomorrow, but you can leave your initial observations here.

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3 Responses to Invoke the 25th Amendment

  1. Chloe Sharp says:

    Donald Trump not only enabled thousands of domestic terrorists to storm the capitol building, but he actively encouraged it. He encouraged extremely dangerous men and women, many of whom were armed, to put a stop to the democratic process that is this country’s foundation, all because he doesn’t want to give up his power. After they had done their damage, including (but certainly not limited to) breaking into the Capitol building by any means they found necessary, trashing the offices of US representatives, stealing from the Capitol building, and leaving threatening notes on the desks of various US representatives, he told these rioters to go home with “love and peace.” He called them patriots because they were willing to fight his uphill battle for him, while he sat idly by and watched the country fall apart. This man is not fit to be president. He doesn’t care about this country, all he cares about is himself, and what happens to him when he loses power. He has done enough damage to the country, we can’t allow him to cause any more. He is despicable, cowardly, and power-hungry, and he needs to get out of the Whitehouse before this situation gets worse.

  2. Annemarie Coatney says:

    A significant part of the President’s designated role in the functioning of the United States government is executing and enforcing laws. Despite the fact that the protests endangered lives and delayed a lawful democratic process, and thus are not supported by law, the President has yet to make any attempt to recognize his own responsibility for denouncing such wrongful actions. To make matters even worse, this protest came about as the result of the President’s own unreasonable and, frankly, ridiculous attempt at delaying a lawful democratic process by filing lawsuits and publicly refusing to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

    Section IV of the 25th Amendment clarifies the process by which the President’s duties and responsibilities are transferred into the hands of the Vice President should the President become “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” and refuse to step down. It is the undefined nature of “unable” that makes this section difficult. However, in my opinion, a president who refuses to acknowledge responsibility for his actions (as has been the case many times in the last four years), utterly disrespects the sanctity of the democratic process that are pivotal to a functioning democratic government, and seems to revel in dividing people with his usually illogical statements and actions has clearly proved himself “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

  3. Cadi Springer says:

    I couldn’t agree with Chloe more. I think, quite honestly, that he has lost his mind if he thinks that he will be able to continue to pull these acts of treason against our country for his own personal agenda with no repercussions. He should be impeached and put in jail for his crimes against our country. As of posting this (I’m a bit late), he’s actively being banned from social platforms that he has been using to incite violence and unrest amongst his supporters. As I said in class, this “riot” was a joke! It did absolutely nothing for the American people. Many of these people didn’t even go to Trump’s rally prior to storming the Capital and if they did, they left in the middle of it. The president had already set the stage for this to happen. He didn’t need to speak hardly at all for these people to get so fired up about the election that was “stolen” from him. Not only has he been spreading misinformation and hate about Covid-19, foreign affairs, and the election, he’s been encouraging his supporters to “take action” about it. Instead of rationally requesting they talk to their representatives, he angered them so much that they wanted to kill them! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a person being so negligent in his position. He should never be able to run for a political position again and/or put in jail. We didn’t need a celebrity with no prior experience in politics before and he’s done nothing but prove that true since he was elected.

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