MSNBC Host, Analysts Speculate About Removing Trump From Office

'The remedy is the 25th Amendment and that requires an intact cabinet, which Trump does not have'

August 16, 2019

An MSNBC panel speculated Friday afternoon about potentially removing President Donald Trump from office due to his mental state, pointing to reports he is exhibiting "signs that were similar to the early stages of Alzheimer's."

"He attacked a man who turned out to be one of his own supporters," host Nicolle Wallace said. "I don't know where there are many schools in America you can bully somebody like that and not get suspended."

Wallace referenced a supporter who was removed from a Trump rally after the President made fun of his weight. Afterward, the supporter said Trump had nothing to apologize for and that "he's the best thing that ever happened to this country."

"[Trump] repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them," Wallace said. "David Brooks reported in 2017 that a bunch of Republicans came out of a meeting where Donald Trump explained some signs that were similar to the early stages of Alzheimer's."

She continued that "in and out of the rooms people, either disparagingly or affectionately, are saying at an increased clip, he's crazy."

"You know, there's pervasive reporting in this regard and if it was grandpa, you would probably take him to see a neurologist or someone who specializes in geriatric medicine. That hasn't happened here that we know of," said Joyce Vance, a former U.S. attorney. "The remedy is the 25th Amendment and that requires an intact cabinet, which Trump does not have. Whether by design or by accident, most of the cabinet is acting. We don't know what the mix would look like in a vote, and there's no will to take that on in any event."

"There's no will to fill a cabinet with the kind of appointees that would have that power," Wallace added. "I would posit that there's not a lot of will to have this conversation, but when it shows up in black and white in the hard copy print of the New York Times it's impossible for me to ignore it. You've now got the White House beat reporters including in their stories about the rally, it says the man repeated himself as though he didn't know he'd already made those points."

"You're talking about a man yesterday that at one point in his speech was attacking Hillary Clinton, which was two-and-a-half years ago, kept repeating himself, attacks an overweight supporter of his that he didn't know was there supporting him," Rev. Al Sharpton said. "We've been hearing over and over again he's losing it, and I think what is driving this even more, Nicolle, is that with the economy appearing to be headed at least downward, if not a recession—what you have in England and other problems in Europe—it drives him even further into whatever cloudy area he is in mentally and he's becoming desperate because the race card he used the last couple of weeks is not working."