It’s time for Vice President Mike Pence and the members of the Cabinet to pull the country back from the edge of abyss and remove Trump from office.
Trump has only a little less than two weeks left as president, but every day is a day he is harming the nation. Every day the damage is becoming more difficult to heal. Every day he is in office there is a very real possibility that he will unleash his backers in new and harmful ways. It’s no wonder people are using the term “civil war” when contemplating what could happen, although for now that, mercifully, still seems avoidable.
If Pence is thinking about his duty to the Constitution, and looking to God for strength, he should seek the courage to invoke 25th Amendment.
Until today, Pence had been one of Trump’s enablers, one of his accomplices. Now he has a chance to save the nation.
“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.”
It was almost inconceivable that it needed to be said. But does anyone now doubt that Trump would try to use the military to stay in power if they had the ability to do so?
The current national calamity is Trump’s fault, but it’s not his alone. Every member of Congress who enabled him — Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, all of the Republicans who excused his increasingly alarming transgressions over the years — helped bring us to this place. The scores who joined in his outrageous efforts to claim the election was rigged bear even more guilt.
And, yes, Pence has been one of those enablers. But he now has the ability to start atoning. He should organize the removal of Trump from power to stay the President’s hand so the country can at least limit Trump’s ability to cause even more injuries to the nation. Two weeks of a presidency is not a long time, but the risk now is much too great.
By then, of course, Trump had already turned the mobs against his vice president.
What more does it take?
What more does it take?
At this moment when everything is at stake, Pence can not only save the country, but he can also start the process of repairing America’s battered reputation. He can reassure shaken Americans and show the rest of the world that the Constitution he swore to defend is so wise, perhaps divinely inspired, that it contains the mechanism to save itself and the country from the unimaginable, a coup attempt by a sitting president of the United States.
Invoke the 25th Amendment. Remove Trump now.