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The 45th President and the 25th Amendment

14 October 2017

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The 45th President is working hard on losing the respect of every American and every other country through his revolution of disruption, chaos and destruction (see my blog #1, blog #2). Everything Trump says or does seems geared to upset either another part of the American population, or the rest of the world. Only one stakeholder seems to be benefitting.

A few months ago, the 45th President “suggested a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal” (eg, NBCVOA, WE). US Secretary of Foreign Affairs (a.k.a. State Department) called the 45th President a “moron” for suggesting this (WP). Note LO: text markings are mine.

His comrade Steve Bannon “warned Trump several months ago that the biggest threat to his presidency is not impeachment by Congress, but the 25th Amendment — which could allow his Cabinet to vote to remove him.” (CNN, Vanity Fair

The 25th Amendment is relatively recent: “it was not until the 1963 assassination of his successor John F Kennedy that Congress approved the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which provided a set of procedures for replacing a president in the event of death, removal (permanently or temporarily), resignation, or incapacity.” (RawStory, 2017)

A US Cabinet mutiny would be a dream scenario for Trump and this stakeholder. The USA would then join South American countries. Any future US claim on being the world’s greatest democracy would sound utterly preposterous. Trump would probably thoroughly enjoy his newest victim role. Once in a while, he may even threaten to return to politics, similar to Silvio Berlusconi.

The liberal left claims that Trump is a “senile zombie” (PR). The conservative right assumes that Trump is on their side. Both are wrong. Trump is a cunning old shrewd fox who is only in the game for himself. Please see my 2016 blog and 2017 blog. Unlike any other US President, Trump switches political sides whenever convenient to him. In the 2016 words of the Danish Foreign Minister: “Donald Trump changes opinions like others change underwear.” (Politico)

Using the 25th Amendment for removing Trump, is likely to fail if based on his mental incapacity. To some extent, Trump has already told everyone that they underestimate his intelligence by offering an IQ test to his Foreign Secretary (eg, BBC, IndependentWaPo).

Publicly, the North Korean leader has called Trump an “old lunatic beast” (eg, Quartz, NYT, TNP, WaPo). Off the record, North Korea is (allegedly) busy trying to understand the divergence between Trump’s opinions and the contradictions by his Cabinet. Few people believe that these contradictions are a game of good cop/bad cop (eg, CNBCCNN, Guardian). 

Wiki: “In Western folklore and also in Persian folklore, foxes are depicted as a symbol of cunning and trickery – a reputation derived especially from their reputed ability to evade hunters. [] These traits are used on a wide variety of characters, either making them a nuisance to the story, a misunderstood hero, or a devious villain.” Just replace fox by Trump.

The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) by Ylvis (2013)

artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

The secret of the fox, ancient mystery.

Somewhere deep in the woods, I know you’re hiding.

What is your sound? Will we ever know?

Will always be a mystery what do you say?

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