A Tudor plot
By Bob Palmer
Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this sun of York.
Donald Trump paces the stage like a Shakespearean monarch.
Erratic, even perhaps irrational at times, Trump trusts only family. King Donald belittles and chides those appointed to serve him with carping Twitter asides to his devoted audience.
If this were “Richard III,” Henry Tudor would be sharpening his sword in France and Donald would be horse shopping.
No one thinks a coup – an overthrowing of the present administration – could happen in the United States. Or could it?
The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution makes for some interesting reading.
Section 4 of the amendment provides that if the vice-president and a majority of the Cabinet (a group full of people Trump has insulted) declare a president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the vice-president immediately takes over as acting president.
If the president objects, the vice-president has four days to reassert the president is unfit. If both stand their ground, the matter goes to Congress where a two-thirds majority of both the House and the Senate are necessary to allow the vice-president to remain in power.
Many Constitutional scholars view this scenario as possible, but not likely.
“If the vice-president and Cabinet were somehow able to invoke Section 4 without the president getting wind of it first, a second problem is that the president would surely contest it — repeatedly, if necessary. Section 4 advocates point to its immediate effect compared to the slow impeachment process, but this immediacy is bundled with a lack of finality. To retake power, all the president needs is the support, one time, of more than a third of either the House or Senate. The whole process would be wrenching…
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