Of Blueberry Pie, Pontius Pilate, Don Quixote, and the 25th Amendment

In an earlier post I cited Ezra Klein for the observation that we’re not seeing a war on the media, we’re seeing a war on facts. But is Trump like Pontius Pilate, who cynically asked, “What is truth?”*

Maybe so. But beginning a war on facts by denying a fact that even illiterate people can plainly see is an odd way to start to manipulate the collective psyche. It sounds much more like a very young child denying that he ate the pie even though blueberries festoon his face.

Actually, it sounds like Don Quixote. When the Don looked at those windmills, he actually saw knights in black armor. When the Donald looked at his crowd, I think he actually saw the largest inauguration crowd in history.

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Richard Cohen has pointed out that the Constitution now provides a remedy for nutjob presidents, section 4 of the 25th Amendment:

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.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

*Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again …”

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