Even though it feels like we’ve been enduring the turmoil of the Trump presidency for the entirety of John McCain’s lifetime, it’s only been about eight months. During that short time, the world has watched as he has politically sabotaged himself too many times to count. His 3 a.m. Twitter rants alone (that Hasan Minhaj graciously reminded us were conducted sober, as in without any alcohol) have brought his mental stability into serious question. Not to mention he doesn’t know how to use the word “heal” in a sentence.
In lieu of his debilitating narcissism, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced a bill on Friday (Aug. 18) which would urge Vice President Mike Pence and the majority of his cabinet members to “quickly secure the services of medical and psychological psychiatric professionals to examine the president and to assist in their deliberations under the 25th Amendment.”
The 25th amendment would allow the Vice President and the cabinet majority, to declare Trump unfit to serve. This would then force a congressional vote to decide whether or not he would be able to remain in office.
Since this presidential timeline does feel substantively different, it's easy to forget that 37 medical professionals wrote a letter in February in which they questioned the president's capacity to serve. "We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president," they stated.
Although it is unlikely that the 25th amendment will be used to remove Donald from office, his clear lack of mental stability suggests that we must urge our legislators to have conversations such as these, even if it makes them the subject of a 3 a.m. Twitter witch-hunt.