#25thAmendmentNow – Not Likely, and Not the Best Path


On July 2, 2017, the Boston Globe published a piece discussing the Twitter trending #25thAmendmentNow. The idea that Trump is unfit for office, or much else other than a very short Pro Wrestling career, makes sense. It even feels good, as if its authors anticipated a lunatic could one day slither his way into the White House. I don’t think that’s what they had in mind. Nor does it seem likely that the 25th would be a viable path to pursue.

Unfit For Office

The phrase “unfit for office” seems a perfect fit for Trump. From psychosis evident to lay person, to his deeply disturbing aberrant  and abhorrent behaviors, his is what I’ve taken to call a “malignant presidency”.

When considering this under the 25th Amendment, you should look to the constitutional language. Section 4 states “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” as the condition to report by the Vice President and the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Read the amendment and its historical context and I believe you will agree that in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination Congress created a well defined path of power transfer for use in the event the President is incapacitated.

Trump Is Unfit For Office

Indeed, he is, but the path to removal prescribed by the amendment is far too onerous given the political makeup of Congress. John Legum, in his ThinkProgress articleThe 25th amendment is a fantasy” does a fine job of describing the path the 25th Amendment requires, and the reasons it can’t work now.

Impeach The Bum

Politically, impeachment is dicey, but not impossible. Given Trumps behaviors and level of public dissatisfaction, impeachment seems a much more viable path than #25thAmendmentNow.

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