Over the course of the past 7 months or so, many political pundits on the left have come forward and suggested that President Trump should be removed from office due to his alleged mental incapacity. Those on the right have responded by saying that this is some sort of political “witch hunt” and that Trump is perfectly capable of running the country.
With the latest North Korean crisis, several high ranking and well respected Republicans have come forward to denounce the threats which the President has directed toward the Asian nation. Just yesterday though, one longtime, well respected GOP member, former Senator Gordon J. Humphrey, decided to speak up, in a candid letter to New Hampshire Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (D) and Carol Shea-Porte (D). In that letter, Humphrey asked these members of congress to take steps in order to remove President Trump from Office.
“President Trump’s threat to rain down ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea is like pouring gasoline on a fire. It’s crazy,” Humphrey wrote. “Donald Trump is impaired by a serious sick psyche. His sick mind and reckless conduct could consume the lives of millions. The threat of nuclear war is steeply on the rise. You must not take comfort in the system of checks and balances. The president alone has the authority to launch nuclear weapons, the only restraint being the advice of senior advisors who might be present at the time of crisis, and Donald Trump has shown repeated contempt for informed and wise counsel. He is sick of mind, impetuous, arrogant, belligerent and dangerous.”
Humphrey went on to urge these representatives to support HR 1987, the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act, which would establish a commission to try and decide whether Trump is mentally fit or not.
“HR 1987 is consistent with the intent and the wording of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Humphrey explained in his letter. “Either the Cabinet or a body created by Congress, may find the President unfit for reasons of health, whereupon his powers are transferred to the Vice President. Serious crises are bearing down on us. We cannot leave our national security and our families’ safety in the hands of a president whose poor judgment, belligerence, vindictiveness and reckless impetuosity constitute an indictment [of] his mental health. Donald Trump is seriously sick. He is dangerous. As a citizen, a former U.S. Senator and twelve-year member of the Armed Services Committee, I urge you to act once. This is an emergency.”
Humphrey has been very well respected among Republicans, before declaring himself an independent in 2016. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, he endorsed Hillary Clinton because of his negative feelings toward Donald Trump, although he still claims to have conservative ideologies.
It will be interesting to see if Republican members of Congress and the Senate begin to really consider implementing the 25th Amendment in order to oust President Trump from office, now that a respected former high ranking Republican has taken steps to break the ice. What do you think? Should congress consider removing President Trump from office? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.