Millions of Americans have signed a petition begging the Electoral College to refuse to make Donald J. Trump our next President and let Congress handle it. While some electors have vowed to block Trump from occupying the Oval Office some (like a guy who wants to kill all gay people and the Florida Attorney General Trump literally bribed) are unlikely to be swayed by any rational arguments. But there is another way. Unfortunately, it requires Republicans to put their country first — and that sort of thing is in short supply these days.
On Wednesday, Keith Olbermann laid out a plan to get rid of Donald Trump once and for all. It’s not perfect — Mike Pence would be President. But it would avert the disaster that is Donald Trump. The 25th Amendment is typically known for handling the transition of power if a President is too ill or too dead to perform his duties, but the vaguely-worded masterpiece that is Section 4 seems to have been designed for Donald Trump or someone like him:
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.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
In other words, Pence and crew could inform Congress that Trump is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Pence would immediately become Acting President. Trump can then stomp his foot and say “nu-uh!” and he gets his power back — until Pence and friends counter with a “yes-huh” declaration and the whole matter is left up to the Republican-controlled Congress to decide.
In the end, we are depending on Republicans to act like adults and consider the will of the majority of the American people — to do their duty to their country and prevent this terrible man from assuming power. If the electors fail us, Republicans can still use the 25th Amendment to do something — “if they have the ethics and the patriotism and the stones to use it,” as Olbermann says.
Watch a full explanation on how this works below:
The surprisingly easy way to get rid of Trump pic.twitter.com/oVEJ15XKMf
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 23, 2016
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John Prager is an unfortunate Liberal soul who lives uncomfortably in the middle of a Conservative hellscape.
Prager spends much of his time poking Trump’s meth-addled, uneducated fans with a pointy stick and is currently writing a book of muskrat recipes (not really) as well as putting together a scrapbook of his favorite death threats. His life’s aspiration is to rule the world with an iron fist, or find that sock he’s been looking for.