Enough of President Donald Trump's appointed Cabinet members have lost faith in his ability to lead that invoking the 25th Amendment would be a viable vehicle to remove Trump from office, Ross Douthat wrote in a column for The New York Times.
Though the spirit of the 25th Amendment is aimed at cases of extreme ill health preventing a president from executing the duties of the presidency, Douthat writes that Trump's "incapacity to really govern" would be testified to by his own inner sanctum.
"They have no respect for him, indeed they seem to palpate with contempt for him, and to regard their mission as equivalent to being stewards for a syphilitic emperor," Douthat writes, less than 24 hours after the Times dropped a report that Trump allegedly prodded former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"It is not squishy New York Times conservatives who regard the president as a child, an intellectual void, a hopeless case, a threat to national security; it is people who are self-selected loyalists, who supported him in the campaign, who daily go to work for him," Douthat wrote.
So though Trump doesn't suffer from a physical ailment that impedes his ability to govern, it's his emotional quotient that Douthat says is untenable.
"The presidency now has kinglike qualities, and we have a child upon the throne," Douthat writes. "A child cannot be president. I love my children; they cannot have the nuclear codes."
Douthat concludes by beseeching Republican leadership to put an end to Trump's presidency before it gets worse.
"From the perspective of the Republican leadership’s duty to their country, and indeed to the world that our imperium bestrides, leaving a man this witless and unmastered in an office with these powers and responsibilities is an act of gross negligence, which no objective on the near-term political horizon seems remotely significant enough to justify," Douthat wrote.
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