After former FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealed on Thursday that the Justice Department discussed invoking the 25th Amendment with members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, the president demonstrated he does not know anything about the 25th Amendment or really about how the constitution works.
Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to repeat a bonkers line from Alan Dershowitz during an appearance on Fox News (of course):
“’Trying to use the 25th Amendment to try and circumvent the Election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing…which happens in third world countries. You have to obey the law. This is an attack on our system & Constitution.’ Alan Dershowitz.
“Trying to use the 25th Amendment to try and circumvent the Election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing…which happens in third world countries. You have to obey the law. This is an attack on our system & Constitution.” Alan Dershowitz. @TuckerCarlson
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2019
Alan Dershowitz is a Harvard Law professor and Trump defender whose complaint to Fox News is a total distortion of the 25th Amendment, which establishes the means to remove a president who is no longer fit to serve.
The 25th Amendment, does not, however, list specific circumstances under which it should be invoked. Instead, it leaves the decision up to “the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress.”
Pause for a second to appreciate where we are.
Well at least now I can tell my grandkids I lived through President Donald Trump retweeting Alan Dershowitz telling Tucker Carlson that invoking a constitutional amendment is unconstitutional https://t.co/nYZyLOTFEB
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) February 15, 2019
Dershowitz’s claim that using the Constitution is an attack on the Constitution is really quite remarkable.
For obvious reasons:
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 15, 2019
The Constitution is unconstitutional!
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 15, 2019
The 25th Amendment is literally part of the Constitution.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 15, 2019
The admendments are part of the constitution, 1st, 2nd and 25th alike. So the exercise of the 25th amendment is the opposite of unconstitutional.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 15, 2019
It’s also worth mentioning that the 25th Amendment is literally part of the Constitution. So it’s beyond ridiculous and crazy for Trump and his supporters to say that it’s unconstitutional to contemplate invoking a Constitutional amendment .
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 15, 2019
Your right sir just because it is in the constitution does not make it constitutional !!! Wow
— Walter(Owen's Grandp (@walterowensgrpa) February 15, 2019
Walt, he’s still struggling with the first one. Long way to go.
— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) February 15, 2019
If something is in the Constitution, can it be unconstitutional?
Asking for a friend. 🤔
— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) February 15, 2019
What kind of communist would regard a part of the US Constitution as part of the US Constitution? https://t.co/vErsTNIpQf
— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 15, 2019
Speaking of Circumventing the Constitution….
You mean like declaring a national emergency to attempt an end run around Congress because you failed to negotiate with Congress!
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) February 15, 2019
McCabe’s revelation must have struck a nerve.
You worried about your own cabinet voting that you're mentally unfit for office?
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) February 15, 2019
Author and lawyer Seth Abramson thinks there is something sinister afoot.