July 3, 2017 2:48 pm -

Is celebrity real estate mogul Donald Trump tweeting himself out of the Oval Office?
Believe it or not, he might just be doing that as an obscure bill introduced by Democrats a few months ago suddenly gains momentum.

House Democrats are on a mission to educate the American people about a little-known power of the 25th Amendment — the ousting of the president.

Led by freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a group of growing Democratic co-signers has put forth a bill that could force President Donald Trump from office if he were found mentally or physically unfit.

Although it was introduced in April, the bill has gained steam in the past week as Trump’s tweet storms have grown in ferocity.

“Given Donald Trump’s continued erratic and baffling behavior, is it any wonder why we need to pursue this legislation?” asked Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, a co-signer. “The mental and physical health of the leader of the United States and the free world is a matter of great public concern.”

If successful, the law would create an 11-member bipartisan commission known as the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, which would medically examine the president and evaluate his mental and physical faculties.

To refresh your memory, here is the full text of the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

And in the very venue that Trump has used to debase the office of the President of the United States and behave like a demented, impulsive adolescent, the hashtag #25thAmendmentNow has started to trend:

[It] began trending several hours after Trump tweeted a mock video that shows him pummeling a man — his face obscured by the CNN logo — outside a wrestling ring, along with the message: ‘‘#FraudNewsCNN #FNN.’’

Some media organizations were alarmed by the outright violence toward journalists portrayed in the video, and CNN accused Trump of engaging in “juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office.”

And the hashtag is still gaining steam:

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.