October 9, 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday she had plans to introduce legislation related to the 25th Amendment, which lays out the transfer of power when a president doesn't have the physical or mental capacity serve. She will announce it at her weekly press conference this morning, and the wingnuts, of course, are going nuts, calling it a "coup." (Watch the Trump enablers at Fox go off the rails in their patented hyperbolic way and insist Pelosi is the crazy one.) Via NBC News:

This comes after Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference at the Capitol on Thursday to come to the Hill “tomorrow” because she said, “We're going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”

Asked whether she thought it was time to invoke the 25th Amendment because of President Donald Trump's illness, Pelosi said she didn’t want to talk about it right then.

“If you want to talk about that, we’ll see you tomorrow,” said Pelosi, who then questioned why the White House has refused to reveal when the president had his last negative Covid-19 test.

Yesterday in a much-repeated news clip, Pelosi said Trump “is, shall we say, in an altered state right now. I don’t know how to answer for that behavior.” Is she trolling him? I don't think that's her primary motivation. She cares about the country, and she's worried about Trump.

By the way, I was surprised to learn that the 25th Amendment also provides for Congress to remove an incompetent president, apparently when the cabinet refuses to do their job.

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