In the wake of Biden’s disaster in Afghanistan, Senator Rick Scott from Florida dared to suggest yesterday that it’s time to start discussing Biden and the use of the 25th amendment to impeach him:
“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?”
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
You know if there was ever a reason to impeach a president, this catastrophe in Afghanistan should easily suffice. Heck, they wanted to impeach Trump for far, far less. So I applaud Scott for bringing it up.
But one prolific writer over at CNN, who the network pushes hard, doesn’t see it that way at all. Here’s what Chris Cillizza wrote:
Perhaps unhappy with the soaring profile of fellow Floridian Ron DeSantis among the Trumpist base of the Republican Party, Sen. Rick Scott decided to do something about it on Monday.
Note that from the get go, Cillizza is already smearing Scott by suggesting his motives aren’t legitimate, that he’s only trying to raise his own profile because he’s jealous of DeSantis. Which is stupid, and it reflects his own anti-Republican derangement.
“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?” he tweeted.
Look. There is no question that the images coming out of Afghanistan over the past days have been horrifying. And that Biden — and his top aides — were caught by surprise by the rapid capitulation of the Afghan forces to the Taliban. And even that Biden’s blame game speech on Monday afternoon likely worsened his political position rather than strengthening it.
All of those things are true! And absolutely none of them suggests that the 25th Amendment should be invoked!
Okay sorry, but I’ve got to interject again. All those things are not true, particularly the part about Biden and his top aides being surprised. They were told by the intelligence agencies that this would be the outcome and that it would be rapid. As in ‘within weeks’. But they ignored it. They only said they were surprised as a cover for their fecklessness, and clearly their propaganda media mouthpieces like Cillizza bought it.
Let’s remember what we are talking about here. While most of the amendment is dedicated to formalizing presidential succession — it was passed in the wake of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the ascension of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson — there is this passage, in Section 4, dealing with the removal of the president:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
While the first few sections of the 25th Amendment have been used sparingly — most notably when Gerald Ford succeeded to the presidency following Richard Nixon’s resignation — Section 4 has never been invoked.
The reason is simple: It’s a REALLY high bar for the vice president and a majority of the presidential Cabinet to decide as a group that the president — aka the person who chose them for their jobs — had lost the ability to do his own job. That was, of course, on purpose. The overturning of the will of the people — as expressed through a presidential election — by a small group of government bureaucrats should be something that is used only in absolutely extreme circumstances.
These are not those circumstances. Not even close.
Rick Scott is no dummy. He knows this.
These aren’t those circumstances? Not even close? What a crock of bull.
It is true that Rick Scott is no dummy, which is why he is now questioning the ability of Biden to execute the duties of his office. Because Biden just turned an entire country, an ally 20-years in the making, into a terrorist hell-hole and he did it in two weeks.
Biden claims he didn’t want to pass on our presence in Afghanistan to another president. But instead he’s passing on something that’s terrifyingly worse, a terrorist safe-haven like the one that led to the greatest attack on our country in my lifetime, and perhaps in its history: 9/11. And they are now well-armed with tons of American weapons and heavy-duty equipment, like blackhawk helicopters and who knows what else. Future president’s may very well have to deal with more 9/11s because of Biden’s atrocious policies in Afghanistan.
He finishes with more smear attacks on Scott:
What he’s doing is simple: He’s an ambitious politician — Scott is mentioned as a potential 2024 presidential candidate — who wants to throw some red meat to the base. He knows that by tossing out the outlandish idea of invoking the 25th Amendment against Biden, he will get attention — and kudos — from those most closely aligned with the former president.
The problem? Words have consequences. When a sitting US senator throws out the idea of removing the president of the United States because a foreign policy decision has not gone according to plan, he degrades the seriousness of such as move. And for what? To score some cheap political points?
This is hilarious considering Democrats and leftists – his side of the aisle – were frothing at the mouth to get Trump removed via the 25th amendment for the last four years. We heard about it constantly. And never once did Cillizza ever malign any of them like he has Scott.
Complete and utter garbage media.