Last we heard of the campaign to remove the duly-elected President of the United States using the 25th Amendment, it was back when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was reportedly conspiring with Cabinet members in the wake of Jim Comey’s firing. You’ll recall that Rosenstein allegedly told his would-be conspirators that he was willing to wear a wire in his meetings with Trump, all in the effort of catching the president saying something illegal or ethically problematic.
Rosenstein was roundly criticized for whatever role he played in these conspiratorial talks, seeing as how the 25th Amendment was passed specifically in the wake of JFK’s shooting to provide a way for the Executive Cabinet to quickly replace the president should he be incapacitated. It certainly was not meant to be a sneaky way for the Cabinet to execute a sneaky coup against American democracy, and it was certainly not meant as a response to the president jokingly calling himself “the chosen one” in remarks to the media.
But former Trump supporter Anthony Scaramucci didn’t get the memo. He was on Bill Press’s radio show on Tuesday, escalating his out-of-nowhere feud with the president and saying that Trump’s Cabinet should use the reason of “full-blown insanity” to oust Trump from the White House.
Asked by Press if he agreed that Trump’s Cabinet should consider invoking the 25th Amendment, Scaramucci said, “A thousand percent. I don’t understand how elected public servants of the longest-standing Republican democracy in existing world history, a 243-year-old Republican democracy, could have this sort of full-blown insanity on display and not act.”
Pathetically, Scaramucci is not the only dolt with a coup on his mind.
In an interview with ABC this weekend, where he announced his doomed campaign to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination, former Rep. Joe Walsh said that the concept of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump is one that “should be looked at.”
“We’ve never had a situation like this, you can’t believe a word he says. Again, I don’t care about your politics, that should concern you. He’s nuts, he’s erratic, he’s cruel, he stokes bigotry, incompetent, doesn’t know what he’s doing, he’s a narcissist. The only thing he cares about is Trump. He doesn’t give a damn about America, he doesn’t care about the border,” Walsh said, sounding like someone who could use a mental health evaluation of his own.
As far as we’re concerned, talk of the 25th Amendment is in the same category as talk of the Emoluments Clause, impeachment, Russian collusion, and all the rest. It is the manifest fear of Trump’s enemies that, no matter how much they despise him, he’s going to find a way to win a second term in office.
And you know what? We have a feeling that fear is well justified.