Fox News contributor and former Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich slammed fellow Democrats for pushing legislation that declares President Donald Trump mentally unfit for office. He told “Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that the bill is “destroying the party as an effective opposition." Kucinich said, "It's a political statement, not a medical statement." He added, "People want political parties to be focused on America's economic needs, jobs, wages, healthcare, education, retirement security and peace - and they want American politicians to be constructive, not destructive. What's happening here is not good for the country."
 
Democrats have found it difficult, Kucinich said, to "reconcile" themselves to Trump’s victory last November. "We have to realize that the American people were the ones who judged President Trump. They decided he should be president … and that's the way the process works, and so we must find common ground. And you can't establish common ground if you're slinging mud."
 
Kucinich said that Democrats must "disconnect from the corporations who are funding the party so that they can truly be independent of those forces and represent the American people."
 
Led by freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, if signed into law, the bill would create an 11-member bipartisan Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, which would medically examine the president and evaluate his mental and physical faculties. The bill would have to be signed by Trump in order to become law. 
 
"Given Donald Trump's continued erratic and baffling behavior, is it any wonder why we need to pursue this legislation?" asked Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL). Rankin wants to utilize Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which allows the vice president to remove the president if there consent of the majority of the Cabinet or "such other body as Congress," if they believe he cannot "discharge the powers and duties of the office." The commission would evaluate whether the president "is temporarily or permanently impaired by physical illness or disability, mental illness, mental deficiency, or alcohol or drug use to the extent that the person lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to execute the powers and duties of the office of President."
 
The 25th Amendment has been invoked few times in the past when presidents have been sedated for medical procedures. George H.W. Bush became acting president for approximately eight hours when Ronald Reagan when under the knife to remove a lesion from his colon. Likewise, Dick Cheney served as acting president on two occasions during the George W. Bush administration.
 

 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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