The 25th Amendment was adopted into the constitution in 1967. Part of the amendment deals with what needs to be done if the president becomes mentally incapacitated. The use of the law was briefly considered in 1987 when Ronald Reagan was showing early signs of dementia.
During the presidency of Donald Trump, though, the 25th Amendment comes up in the news often. Trump will be leaving office in a little over a month. But he is still threatening to use his power to get revenge on Twitter and issuing political pardons. During Thursday’s broadcast, Joe Scarborough arguing if a president was acting like Trump in any other time in history, he would have already been removed via the 25th Amendment.
The Morning Joe host argued that social media has a lot to do with the reaction to Trump. “They’ll go online and see things that reinforce their pre-existing worldview. They’re solo operators and then they’ll spew hate back out online, and again, this lack of civilizing forces in society too weak to combat the lure of authoritarianism.”
Scarborough continued, “Just think about what we saw yesterday,” he continued. “The madness, the absolute madness of a president of these United States inside the Oval Office or inside the White House spewing conspiracy theories, in any prior time, his Cabinet would have gone in and they would have voted to remove him through the 25th Amendment. They would have walked him away. In any prior time, any prior administration, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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