“This is not about President Trump,” Speaker of the House Pelosi said when announcing the legislation on Friday. “He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.”
Pelosi: ‘This is not about Pres. Trump. He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need to create a process for future presidents … a president’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts’ pic.twitter.com/H216enTxQX
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 9, 2020
Instead, the commission is needed to give “some comfort to people” about government stability, Pelosi (D-California) insisted.
Some, however, were not convinced the commission is meant as just an additional safety mechanism in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pelosi’s assurance the legislation wasn’t about Trump has quickly sparked a theory that such a commission could be used to replace 77-year-old Joe Biden – whose own mental stability has been steadily questioned – should he win the election next month.
President Trump himself floated that theory on Twitter shortly after Pelosi’s announcement.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!” Trump wrote.
Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
Others, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, have similarly lobbed the accusation at Pelosi.
“Pelosi is talking about 25th amendment replacing incapacitated President as trial run for replacing Biden with Harris next Spring if they win,” Gingrich tweeted.
“Target is Biden not Trump,” he added.
Pelosi is talking about 25th amendment replacing incapacitated President as trial run for replacing Biden with Harris next Spring if they win. She can have a San Francisco radical as President (Feinstein is also from San Francisco as is Governor Newsom).Target is Biden not Trump.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 9, 2020
So Biden wins then they invoke this to make Kamala acting president https://t.co/4dakOz43Ig
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) October 9, 2020
Under the 25th Amendment, a president can be stripped of their authority if they are deemed unfit for some reason to carry out their duties. This requires a two-thirds vote from both houses. Pelosi’s bill, however, would make this potential commission the determining body about a president’s fitness.
Pelosi has questioned the health of the president since he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and left Walter Reed Medical Center. She accused him just this week of being in an “altered state.”
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