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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Calls on Trump’s Cabinet to Consider 25th Amendment After Yesterday’s Press Conference

Yesterday’s press conference wasn’t the most insane Trump press conference, it is impossible to ever say one clears a bar to that degree. But it was certainly one of the most insane. Trump took to the podium with nothing to say. He rambled and mumbled, spouting ridiculous numbers that have no meaning, such as “We issued 24.5 million N-95 masks …” and attacked Democrats, particularly President Obama, telling the nation that we had “no medical” at one point.

It was a ridiculous enough spectacle that Hakeem Jeffries, the rising House star from New York, chairman of the Democratic Caucus, and impeachment team member, called upon the cabinet to consider invoking the 25th Amendment.

The 25th Amendment contemplates removing the president from office because he lacks the mental capacity or physical health to discharge the duties of the office. It takes a majority vote from among the Vice President and the cabinet to start the process. It is quite an incendiary charge for a major politician to publicly question a president’s fitness.

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But not enough people are talking about Trump’s fitness to hold office. If everyone in the nation were forced to sit down and watch every single one of his press conferences or rallies, most people would have such concerns, even Republicans, though Republicans might well choose to keep their mouths shut about them.

The people that do watch them fully and have some expertise have serious concerns:

In watching each of his news conferences, it’s impossible not to notice that he begins each news conference out of breath, and slowly gets a little better throughout the news conference.

If we only had an independent and thorough medical review, and an independent and thorough financial review, something that was assumed with every other president, we might well be able to protect ourselves. But the Congressman likely knows it’s far too late now to be talking about the 25th Amendment. Whatever the underlying condition or combination of symptoms Trump might have, the MAGAs love it. His approval ratings are the same today as last April, 46% approval.

I am afraid no one is going to save us from this. We are going to have to bust through the obstacles he places in front of us and vote him out.

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Peace, y’all

Jason

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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.

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