The problem of having power defined by convention is if you get an individual who isn’t prepared to follow that convention.
Trump’s inane on-again, off-again diplomacy with North Korea is only the latest indicator of a narcissist in the throws of delusion.
For a man who has felt resentment all his life at the lack of respect he has received from his peer group, this level of unchallenged power and dominance must be as close to heaven as he’s going to get.
Would he willingly leave that?
That Trump, despite all the repugnant lunacy, is polling so well is in of itself terrifying.
He is beyond dangerous now and his off the cuff remarks of wanting to be president for life and wanting to extend himself to more than 2 terms at first seem ridiculous, yet you get the awful feeling that he’s narcissistic enough to at least fantasise about it.
In reality there a few actual powers that can stop Trump.
There is impeachment, but this is a process that would take time and is still unlikely to succeed.
Getting impeached, doesn’t actually mean a hell of a lot. It is the second part of the process that actually matters and for that, you need a two thirds majority in the Senate.
After his tax plan, there won’t be enough Republicans in the Senate who are going to turn on Trump, there just isn’t.
If the Republicans are seriously going to allow Roy Moore to be the Alabama Senator to keep power, they’ll sure as hell back Trump in any second impeachment hearing.
The second way of kicking Trump out of Office is the 25th Amendment...
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1967, following the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy, to clarify various issues involving presidential and vice presidential succession and incapacity.
Under the amendment’s Section 4, the vice president and a majority of either Cabinet officials or “such other body as Congress may by law provide” may declare in writing that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
If such a declaration is received by the Senate president pro tempore – who presides over the Senate in the absence of the vice president – and the speaker of the House, the vice president takes over as acting president.
The president can resume office after informing the same two congressional leaders “that no inability exists” – unless the vice president and a majority of Cabinet officials or another body established by Congress tell those congressional leaders within four days of the declaration that the chief executive is unable to carry out his or her duties.
Congress then must assemble within 48 hours to decide the issue. If two-thirds of the members of the House and of the Senate vote in their respective chambers that the president is unable to discharge his or her duties, the vice president continues as acting president until the next scheduled presidential election decides the next White House occupant. Otherwise, the president resumes office.
Other sections of the 25th Amendment have come into play, such as Section 3 enabling a president to temporarily hand over power to a vice president while, for example, undergoing a medical procedure. Section 4 has never been invoked.
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice