Democrats Try To Force 25th Amendment Use
Democrats Try To Force 25th Amendment Use
Tonight, the House of Representatives Democrats plan on passing a resolution to try and box Vice President Mike Pence into invoking the 25th Amendment.
And if they don’t force the vice president into doing what they want, they’re going to move forward on impeachment, is the promise.
Tuesday evening, the House will vote after 7:30 p.m. on a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. That amendment sets up a process by which the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet may declare to Congress that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
The vote likely will not happen until very late Tuesday night.”
If Pence does not oblige — he is not expected to — then Democrats have said they will move forward with a second impeachment of the president, starting with debate on Wednesday morning.”
The Democrats are now going to learn the real moral behind the fable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” and while they may proceed on impeachment – even to the detriment of a Biden administration in their bitter determination to continue to punish Donald Trump – they may end up losing their proverbial sheep at the same time.
The resolution to ask Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment is being asked for at the same time as the Democrats are “reintroducing” a bill by Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that wants to create a permanent commission that would continually evaluate the fitness of a president to be able to serve in elected office. What could possibly go wrong with this scenario?
Also, did you note that this legislation is being “reintroduced” by Rep. Raskin? That is because he has already introduced a virtually identical bill before. When? April of 2017. Why then, you ask? Oh, because President Trump used Twitter in ways that shocked, SHOCKED the Democrats and forced them to consider that he was mentally unfit for office! Just look at what Raskin said in December of 2017:
“Since January, President Trump has thrown our country into chaos at every turn,” said Raskin. “For the security of our people and the safety of the Republic, we need to set up the ‘body’ called for in the 25th Amendment. The President can fire his entire Cabinet for asking the same question tens of millions of Americans are asking at their dinner tables, but he cannot fire Congress or the expert body we set up under the Constitution. At a moment of unprecedented presidential chaos, the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity is essential, urgently needed and indispensable.”
So what great crime had Trump committed by April of 2017 that would necessitate the drastic (and constitutionally questionable) action of creating an Oversight Commission? As far as I can tell, the great crime was beating Hillary Clinton. Oh, and Russians. And the claims of elections being stolen are certainly nothing new.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 16, 2017
Anyone else hear the cries of “WOLF! WOLF! WOLF!” coming from the Democrats today? Hmmm. If only they hadn’t wasted years on pushing Russian collusion hoaxes and complaining about Trump’s behavior. Perhaps they would find that people took them more seriously if they hadn’t played the “Orange Hitler” card from the day after the 2016 election onward.
Vice President Pence has told the Democrats no – and used Nancy Pelosi’s own words against her.
BREAKING: In a letter to Speaker Pelosi, VP Pence says he will not invoke the 25th Amendment.
"I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution," he says. pic.twitter.com/pLRuKlLEHc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 13, 2021
We already know that legal scholars think this is a bad idea. We know that all Democrats are not in agreement on this. We also know that the House has a Democrat majority, so they can do what they want. We also know that they made a show trial of impeachment the last time, and with Trump leaving office in eight days, this looks incredibly stupid, even if Republicans are willing to vote for impeachment. Perhaps the Democrats shouldn’t have cried “WOLF!!!!” over Ukraine and pulled the biggest arrow in their quiver at that time. Maybe then, the threat of impeachment would have actually meant something. Instead, it makes the Democrats look crazy – especially when they are seriously considering waiting until Biden’s first 100 days are over to hold a trial in the Senate. That would be months after Trump has left office, so what is the point?
Well, file this one under “never trust what you see on social media” and also “CNN fact-checker tries to correct total nobody on Twitter with zero results.”
Why Twitter will always be broken & mislead millions:
1. People prefer the joy of going viral or having their political biases confirmed to being truthful
2. There are no formal or informal consequences for sharing comforting lies
3. So incentives all run in the worst direction pic.twitter.com/HC4qCYZ3qP
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) January 11, 2021
So, yes, if you saw the first image floating around social media, it was wrong. But as the author told CNN’s Daniel Dale, he DOESN’T CARE because it MADE HIM FEEL GOOD.
And that’s pretty much what the Democrats’ attempt to impeach Trump again, successful or not, is all about. It might be the wrong move, but they DON’T CARE because it MAKES THEM FEEL GOOD.
President Trump delivered this reminder to Democrats during a speech today.
You don’t have to like Trump, or his speech last Wednesday, or anything about him in order to recognize that when he says that the 25th Amendment isn’t going to affect him, he’s right. It could, however, ensnare Biden. Remember to never make rules that you aren’t willing to live under, Democrats (*coughcough*nuclear option*coughcough*).
The Democrats could have pushed for a vote of censure against President Trump and probably gotten near-unanimous agreement on that. Biden could even likely call for a censure vote publicly and actually show a little grace in this moment. But no, they don’t want unity or agreement that what happened Wednesday was horrific. Nope, they want to stick it to the Bad Orange Man just ONE MORE TIME and make it HURT.
Since the Republicans would not give the House unanimous consent on their 25th Amendment resolution, the vote on House Resolution 21 went forward tonight and didn’t wrap up until after 11 pm Eastern time, even though it was nothing but political theater since Pence had already told Pelosi that he wasn’t going to do it. The resolution passed 223-205, thanks to the Democrat majority, even though one Republican voted for it.
So Pelosi named her impeachment managers, even before a vote took place.
Nancy Pelosi just named her managers for the impeachment of Donald Trump — lead manager Jamie Raskin along with Eric Swalwell, Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Joe Neguse, and Madeleine Dean.https://t.co/62stlEiMlJ
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 13, 2021
Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, Eric “Bang Bang” Swalwell is being named an impeachment manager. The jokes write themselves.
So much for “America United.” When one side is determined to punish the other at all costs, there can’t be unity. What there is, is a whole lot of trouble. Impeachment 2.0 begins tomorrow, everyone.