Trump is literally the most unpopular new president since Gallup started polling approval ratings. His current approval rating is a dismal 40%. Many of his critics are already looking for ways to impeach him, or even to use the 25th Amendment, which relieves the president from office if they are mentally unfit to hold it. According to the New Yorker, many lawmakers and other experts believe that he probably won’t finish his term.
Take, for instance, Stephen Moore, a senior economist at the Heritage Foundation and Trump campaign adviser, who said that:
“You can’t govern this country with a forty-per-cent approval rate — you just can’t. Nobody in either party is going to bend over backwards for Trump if over half the country doesn’t approve of him. That, to me, should be a big warning sign.”
One specific issue that Jerry Taylor, president of the libertarian Niskanen Center has is Trump hiring his daughter, son-in-law, and a bevy of people unfit to govern (called a kakistocracy):
“The reality is, he is governing as if he is the president of a Third World country. Power is held by family and incompetent loyalists whose main calling card is the fact that Donald Trump can trust them, not whether they have any expertise.”
Not many Republicans even support him at this point. “My guess is that there’s only between 50 and 100 Republican members of the House that are truly enthusiastic about Donald Trump as president,” said Taylor, head of the libertarian think tank. He also hinted that the Russian probes are worrying Republicans, stating that “the balance sees him as somewhere between a deep and dangerous embarrassment and a threat to the Constitution.”
As far as invoking the 25th Amendment, and removing Trump because he is mentally unfit, it may not be a “liberal fantasy” after all. Laurence Trube, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School:“I believe that invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment is no fantasy but an entirely plausible tool. Not immediately, but well before 2020.”
“I believe that invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment is no fantasy but an entirely plausible tool. Not immediately, but well before 2020.”
Hopefully, it will be before the end of 2017.