On the 25th Amendment front (meaning the “is he mentally unfit for office” front), Trump has recently:
Lied about his wife’s relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un;
Garbled an answer about climate change in ways that would terrify anyone in search of a topic sentence;
Attacked Fox News for disloyalty;
Blamed Puerto Rico in advance of a hurricane for being in the path of a hurricane;
Generally conducted himself in ways that bespeak grievously low functioning;
Quoted someone describing him as the second coming (a performance that would have sent most of us to the nearest psych ward);
Called his own economic adviser the enemy of the state;
Ordered American companies to stop investing in China;
Got in a fight with Denmark over a real estate deal gone south in Greenland;
Showed the world a hurricane weather chart altered with a Sharpie.
And yet, House Democrats are still waiting to figure out what to do. The rest of us are pretty sure that if this ride goes any faster, we are going to implode before the 2020 election. So now is a good time to remind ourselves that we aren’t helpless, and that Donald Trump’s Cabinet is not going to invoke the 25th Amendment, and that there are no adults in the room, and that the one trick that isn’t fanciful and still works is the impeachment power, whether or not the Senate opts to convict.
Every day, Donald Trump does things far more dangerous and destabilizing than anything we once considered an impeachable offense. He has invited hostile powers to usurp elections. He has undermined congressional will and threatened witnesses against him. He attacks and undermines the courts and the free press and violates basic principles of separation of powers, all of which violate his own oath of office. He attempts daily to enrich himself with foreign money, and he has overseen the systematic abuse and degradation of immigrants and asylum seekers. He is also, by any historical measure, committing multiple impeachable offenses, endangering national security, and harming vulnerable communities. There is a constitutional remedy for that. We should avail ourselves of it.
When you stay silent, you are totally complicit with Trump’s unethical actions which in turn will ultimately affect you. It is time to start screaming and protesting in the streets to protect the democracy of our country.