John D. Rockefeller IV

Trump foes, questioning his mental fitness, want to oust him from office using the 25th Amendment. How would that work?

Trump foes, questioning his mental fitness, want to oust him from office using the 25th Amendment. How would that work?

Is President Trump crazy?

Not can-you-believe-he-really-said-that? crazy. Certifiably-mentally-unfit-to-serve-as-president crazy.

It’s an outlandish assertion — insulting, really — and a measure of the antipathy of Trump’s critics that some, including members of Congress, have seriously raised the subject. Which brings us to the 25th Amendment.

Born of the Cold War and enacted after the assassination of President Kennedy, the language amounts to a bit of technical housekeeping appended to the Constitution. It outlines the presidential line of succession, including procedures in the event, as the amendment states, the chief executive “is unable to discharge the powers and...

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