Support for Invoking 25th Amendment to Oust Trump Grows Following Capitol Insurrection

The 25th Amendment has been a frequent topic of discussion throughout Trump's single-term presidency. Now, however, it seems more likely than ever.




Calls are continuing to stack up among lawmakers for Trump to be swiftly removed from office after his continued obsession with baseless election fraud claims came to its inevitable conclusion on Wednesday in the form of a full-blown breach of the U.S. Capitol.

One such path to seeing the failed steak salesman and leader of the tiny penis coalition being ousted mere days before the inauguration of the next POTUS, of course, is to start up 25th Amendment proceedings.

Multiple sources, per an NBC News report published early Thursday, have reported that "informal discussions" have been held within the current administration about invoking the 25h Amendment. Nearly 100 Democratic members of Congress have now expressed support for Trump's removal, be it through the 25th Amendment or some other method.

As you may recall from this November 2020 explainer about Trump's self-pardoning powers, the 25th Amendment has remained a frequently discussed possibility throughout Trump's single-term presidency. Surrounding the 2020 election, it was theorized that Trump could use it to make Mike Pence the acting POTUS, who would then (again, in theory) pardon the previous POTUS.

Under the current post-U.S. Capitol breach circumstances, we should look closely at Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which focuses on the possibly of a POTUS who's not able to fulfill his constitutional rule but refuses to step down. In short, this section allows for other executive department officials to step in and declare that a POTUS is no longer fit for service.

Per the National Constitution Center, this playing out would look something like this:

"The initial deciding group is the Vice President and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body that Congress may designate (though Congress has never done so). If this group declares a President 'unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,' the Vice President immediately becomes Acting President. If and when the President pronounces himself able, the deciding group has four days to disagree. If it does not, the President retakes his powers. But if it does, the Vice President keeps control while Congress quickly meets and makes a decision."

Among those pushing for the 25th Amendment approach are Democratic leaders including Chuck Schumer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Adam Kinzinger, a Republican:

The quickest and most effective way—it can be done today—to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment.

If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress must reconvene to impeach President Trump.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 7, 2021

Our republic is in great danger, and it is imperiled further without swift action to protect it.

The President incited an attack on Congress. He is deeply unstable. The Cabinet must invoke the 25th amendment.

Congress must also pursue impeachment and removal of the President.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021

If the 25th amendment is not invoked today, Congress must reconvene immediately for impeachment and removal proceedings.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021

What else must Trump do before he is removed from office? Are VP Pence, the Cabinet, and Republicans in Congress waiting for a disaster of unimaginable proportions to take place before they come to their senses? They must act now.

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) January 7, 2021

It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked. My statement:

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 7, 2021

Donald Trump has incited terrorists to bring death to our nation’s Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence must immediately invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office before more Americans are harmed.

— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) January 6, 2021

Trump is absolutely unfit and should be removed from office. If we can do it by Jan 20 by impeachment, I am all for it. The cabinet and VP can and should invoke the 25th Amendment TODAY. And there should be criminal investigations and prosecutions. Justice demands accountability.

— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 7, 2021

My statement: #25thAmendment

— Erica D. Smith for Congress (@EricaforUS) January 7, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers: "Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy." via @shopfloornam

— Alice Dreger, Ph.D. (@AliceDreger) January 6, 2021

Dear @VP @Mike_Pence: In light of the #CapitolRiots yesterday, there are bipartisan calls for you to invoke the 25th Amendment. @realDonaldTrump remains delusional, dangerous and angry. Below again is the letter from Rep @davidcicilline, me & many Members of @HouseJudiciary.

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 7, 2021

NEW: I am sending a letter with @RepTedLieu and our colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office after today’s events.

— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 7, 2021

Later Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked. If Pence and the cabinet fail to act, Pelosi said, Congress should be prepared to "move forward with impeachment."

Yesterday, American democracy came under attack — but we refuse to be bullied into abandoning our duty to work #ForThePeople.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 7, 2021

As previously reported, Rep. Ilhan Omar has called on Congress to impeach Trump. Others, including Rep. Cori Bush, have introduced legislation that would result in investigations and potential removal of office for Republicans who helped incite the U.S. Capitol breach.

And on Thursday, Reps. David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin—according to a Daily Beast report—authored articles of impeachment against Trump. The washed-up reality TV star, they said, remains "a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution" and should be immediately removed. 

NEW: I am circulating Articles of Impeachment that @RepTedLieu, @RepRaskin and I have prepared to remove the President from office following yesterday's attack on the U.S. Capitol.

— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 7, 2021

A number of complicit charlatans—deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews, FLOTUS chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, and White House social secretary Rickie Niceta among them—have started jumping ship in response to the insurrection.

Others have called for not only the immediate ousting of Trump and his ilk, but also swift arrests for all involved with inciting the eventually fatal coup attempt:

Joe Scarborough calls for the immediate arrest of Trump, Giuliani and Trump Jr. for insurrection against the United States

— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 7, 2021

Despite the calls for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, Grace Panetta of Business Insider reported Thursday evening that the VP has no intention of doing so.

SCOOP from @tomlobianco: Pence opposes 25th Amendment efforts to remove Trump following Capitol riot, VP advisors tell Insider

— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) January 7, 2021

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