Could Biden’s Presidency Come Down to the 25th Amendment?

Could Biden's Presidency Come Down to the 25th Amendment?

( – The media has bombarded Americans with videos and images of President Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan pullout since Saturday, August 14. On Monday, the president spoke to the country and blamed virtually everyone but himself for the mess he caused. Not only are Republicans hard on the president, so are Democrats and the media.

To this point, Biden’s presidency isn’t marked by what he wants to do, but by how much he wants to undo President Donald Trump’s legacy. Throughout the process, there’s been one catastrophic event after another. Biden is failing on immigration, crime, Critical Race Theory, and COVID — and you can add Afghanistan on top of it. It’s safe to assume that things are not shaping up the way Democrats hoped. Now, one Senator is calling for the potential use of the 25th Amendment, and Vice President Kamala Harris doesn’t appear to be objecting.

Resignation and a Call for the 25th Amendment

Credibility is a vital characteristic of a president. It’s one that Biden has proven he doesn’t have any longer. We are watching a president lose his standing faster than any other in modern times. Perhaps it was unavoidable considering Biden’s struggle with the truth and the division he’s responsible for on several fronts.

It’s no longer just Americans who are worried. The international community can no longer trust the United States thanks to Biden’s actions. In Europe, leaders are responding with disbelief and feelings of betrayal. Biden is, supposedly, a foreign policy expert. Yet, those who know him well know better. Former Obama Secretary of Defense Bob Gates said that Biden was wrong on nearly every major foreign policy issue over the last 40 years, and disagreed significantly on Afghanistan during the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) called for Biden’s resignation and wondered if the Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the president from office over his incompetence. Scott wasn’t alone in his call for Biden’s resignation. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) joined in the chorus and stated the Afghanistan collapse is “one of the darkest, most embarrassing days we’ve had in our country.” Van Drew added it’s time for the entire administration to go — from Biden on down to the Speaker of the House.

Kamala Harris May Agree With 25th Amendment

In the wake of stunning imagery and the collapse of the Afghan government due to the US military withdrawal, things are heating up politically. According to Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec, Vice President Harris non-jokingly brought up the 25th Amendment for the first time.

Allegedly, the vice president was so distraught at what was occurring she refused to speak to the American people on Sunday evening. Harris reportedly exclaimed that she wouldn’t take the fall.

The Constitution gives the power to Congress to remove a sitting president through the 25th Amendment. The Cabinet would need to establish in a written letter stating it no longer felt the president was mentally fit or capable of performing his duties. Congress could then proceed to remove the president with a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate.

Passed initially after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the 25th Amendment established a Constitutional process for replacing a president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.

Removing Biden would be tricky and Constitutionally perilous. Incompetency of job performance is not a criterion of the 25th Amendment. Taking that approach might create a Constitutional crisis. Instead, the Constitution likely requires impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate in this instance.

In either case, Democrats may not be there, yet. If Biden continues to falter on issue-after-issue and hurts Democrats politically ahead of 2022, anything could happen.

However, don’t bet on Democrats removing Biden. It would be politically toxic, and the division within the party is creating enough drama already.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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