Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) may be the first elected official to publically question Biden’s ability to serve as Commander-In-Chief after his horrendous handling of U.S. troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, but he’s far from the only one thinking it.
The popular Florida Republican tweeted, “Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?”
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
Sen. Rick Scott, the chair of the Senate GOP campaign arm, questioned Monday whether President Joe Biden’s Cabinet should remove him from office, a near impossibility, over the sudden collapse of Afghanistan.
Scott, who is widely viewed as a potential 2024 presidential candidate tweeted: “We must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?”
The Florida Republican’s remarks echo calls from former President Donald Trump and his allies for Biden to step down, which began as the Taliban took control of the country and toppled the Afghan government.
While Senate Republicans have widely lambasted Biden for his administration’s handling of the troop withdrawal, Scott is the only one so far to bring up the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment, which lays out the presidential order of succession.
The left-leaning Politico claims that it is unrealistic to entertain the idea that the 25th Amendment would be used to remove Biden from office even in light of his atrocious Afghan pull-out since Democrats “maintain full control of Washington and the vast majority of Republicans are not calling for his resignation.”
The outlet reports that, Under the 25th Amendment, which has never been used, the vice president and the majority of the president’s Cabinet would need to determine he is no longer fit for office. Congress would then need to approve that process by a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
Some jokes write themselves:
Chuck Todd: Biden Has Lost His ‘High Marks’ in ‘Competency’ Compared to Trump https://t.co/dcvSMYzcTg
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 17, 2021From Dailydot.com, Article 4 of the 25th Amendment lays out the legal process for the president’s removal. Article 4 states in part:
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.