“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
It’s no secret that President Joe Biden’s mind, and his mouth, wander, but his disastrous pullout from Afghanistan has finally caused Republicans to say Congress should remove him from office using the 25th Amendment, because he’s mentally unfit to hold office.
Biden has sleepwalked through his campaign for years. Australia’s Sky News called him “cognitively deficient” and said “Biden’s cognitive issues can no longer be ignored.”
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But the fact that Biden stranded thousands of Americans behind enemy lines may have been a step too far, even for the weakest elements of the Republican Party establishment.
“We must confront a serious question,” tweeted Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., on Monday. “Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?”
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
The 25th Amendment says that the president of the United States can be removed from office if “the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Like, for instance, if the president were senile, or just showed terrible judgment on every crisis that has confronted him.
Invoking the 25 Amendment is a big deal, because Scott is not just another senator. He’s chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the arm of the GOP in charge of electing senators.
He raises money. He pulls strings. That means, if he really wanted to, he could bring a lot of senators on board—and other congressmen are already lining up behind the idea.
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You know who agrees? Barack Obama’s former physician.
Ronny Jackson, who was the doctor to presidents, is now a Texas congressman. In June, he and 13 other congressmen urged Biden to take a cognitive test—just like President Trump did.
Biden obviously hasn’t followed through. Now we see the results.
“Remember when I said it was time to consider the 25th Amendment and the LIARS in the liberal press ATTACKED me?” Rep. Jackson tweeted. “I wonder what they think now after Biden is very OBVIOUSLY mentally incapable of leading during a crisis. Something MUST be done!”
Remember when I said it was time to consider the 25th Amendment and the LIARS in the liberal press ATTACKED me? I wonder what they think now after Biden is very OBVIOUSLY mentally incapable of leading during a crisis. Something MUST be done! https://t.co/oyyQ1nIKYa
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) August 16, 2021
While Jackson is defending his record, other congressmen are saying it’s time to get the ball rolling on putting Sleepy Joe out of the Lincoln bedroom.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not cut-and-dried. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment says the vice president and the majority of the Cabinet have to agree. If the president says he’s not unfit to hold office, then it goes to a huge vote that requires two-thirds of Congress to agree—but there’s another option, too.
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Congress can also appoint a body, made up of anybody it wants, to turn the president out of office. Instead of the Cabinet, the Constitution says the vote to expel the president can come from “such other body as Congress may by law provide.”
For instance, a group of doctors led by… Ronny Jackson.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer won’t do that, but some Republican congressmen are ready to appoint the board, hold the vote, and drive Joe and Jill’s U-Haul onto the White House lawn.
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., tweeted on Monday that Congress has to appoint the board that would oversee whether Biden is mentally competent.
“Last year, my colleague Jamie Raskin stated ‘The 25th Amendment was adopted 50 years ago, but Congress has never set up the body it calls for to determine presidential fitness in the event of physical or psychological incapacity. Now is the time to do it,’” she tweeted. “Well, NOW is the time.”
“It is now clear our Commander In Chief & his administration are incapable of or unwilling to perform their duties,” she said. If Biden does not resign, it is time for Congress to take action.”
“Our military can’t be led in this manner,” because “it is a national security disaster waiting to happen.”
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They’re not the only ones trying to pry Biden out of the Oval Office. Rep. Van Drew, R-N.J., demanded that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the entire Democratic Party leadership resign their positions.
“With this administration it is failure after failure after failure,” Congressman Van Drew said. “Honest to God, I cannot believe I’m saying this, it literally is time for this president to resign. It is time for this vice president to resign. It is time for the Senate president (pro tempore Patrick Leahy) and Speaker (Nancy Pelosi) to resign.”
And, of course, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., introduced articles of impeachment against Joe Biden months ago.
It’s good there are multiple options on the table, because the 25th Amendment—as necessary as it is—could be a hard pull.
Kamala Harris would love to throw Sleepy Joe under the bus and become president… but would a majority of the Cabinet go along?
Biden isn’t very popular with Democrats, so he’s not all that popular with his Cabinet secretaries, either.
But stories continue to break about Kamala Harris being a nightmare to work for. Her employees—the ones who haven’t quit by the dozens—say her diva attitude makes it impossible to work with her.
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The whole Cabinet may know this and decide it’s better to keep Sleepy Joe in office than give her any more power over them.
Ironically, Kamala Harris’ horrible personality may save Joe Biden’s presidency.
Too bad it won’t save America. Or Afghanistan.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”