Republicans Work Toward Removing Pelosi Permanently from the House

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might be getting a dose of her own medicine if Republican Rep. Doug Collins has his way. The Georga GOP representative introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives that seeks to remove the aging House speaker from office.

Collins cited Pelosi’s “recent actions” including her push to impeach President Donald Trump for catching COVID-19 (combined with her own place in the line of succession) as the reason she needs to be removed from her position.

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to abide by the Constitution, combined with her recent actions, call into question her own mental fitness, which is why it’s critical that the House of Representatives demand her removal from the line of succession,” Collins said in his statement to Fox News.

The network also cited a draft of the resolution in which Collins argues that the House speaker “is unable to adequately serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives and should therefore be removed from her position.”

As part of his rationale for supporting this drastic step, Collins reminds his fellow congressmen that Pelosi “has spent the majority of the House of Representative’s time pursuing baseless and fruitless investigations” against Trump and his administration, “Which is why it’s critical that the House of Representatives demand her removal from the line of succession,” he added.

Additionally, the complaint brought up last month’s headlines when it was found that Pelosi “visited a shuttered hair salon in San Francisco where she received a blow-out without wearing a mask in violation of San Francisco’s laws concerning the coronavirus;” and “cast blame on the salon’s owner for ‘setting her up,’” as was widely reported last month after the explosive video was leaked.

“Over her tenure of her speakership, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has started to demonstrate a decline in mental fitness, calling into question her ability to adequately serve the House of Representatives and the American people,” the resolution stated. It also went on to cite an interview on ABC News where Pelosi “appeared confused and exhibited bizarre behavior” by “blurting out randomly ‘Good Morning, Sunday morning.’”

Despite her own, apparently declining cognitive function, the speaker has consistently claimed that the president is unfit for office, and should therefore be removed, post-haste. Those claims were ramped up when he was diagnosed with a strain of coronavirus less than two weeks ago. Pelosi used that opportunity to question whether the president was really going to recover from the virus (of which 95% of those known to have cases in his age range have).

“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the President,” Pelosi said. “There’s one question that he refused to answer … when was his last negative test?” Pelosi said that this information is necessary in order to “make a judgment about the actions that were taken after that.”

Pelosi’s move to invoke the 25th amendment is something that is reserved for a time when the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” As the law currently stands, the vice president and cabinet are the ones who can invoke that amendment.

Following Pelosi’s bazaar, hail-mary announcement about the attempt to push Trump out of office was put forward in a bill last Friday along with Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland. It asked for “a permanent body to determine whether the president is fit for office: an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity” according to Fox News.

However, the fact that both Senate Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence would have to sign the declaration in order for it to hold merit, makes the probability it will take effect somewhere between “highly unlikely” and “not a snowball’s chance.”

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