The set of “Morning Joe” took some time Thursday to — again — talk about exercising the Constitution’s 25th amendment to remove Donald Trump from the White House.
The idea was precipitated on set during a discussion of Gabriel Sherman’s new piece in Vanity Fair which described Trump as “unraveling” and advisers “struggling to contain” him.
“This is not normal. This is crazy,” show regular Willie Geist said. “I would just add the 25th amendment — a lot of people tweet about it and shout about the 25th amendment — remains a long shot because it’s the clause that would be invoked by the vice president and the cabinet. That’s a long way to go to ask the vice president and the president’s own cabinet to remove the president of the United States.”
“Even then it goes to a vote of the House and Senate,” said a somewhat dejected Scarborough. “I haven’t seen any much courage at all coming from Republicans.”
Show co-host Mika Brzezinski wasn’t so sure, alluding to a bit of news form yesterday that Trump had nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Nielsen is close ally of Chief of Staff John Kelly.
“DHS is a cabinet position right?” she asked at one point. “I don’t think Kelly’s leaving. I think he’s getting his troops in place to act?”
Act? As in a 25th amendment way? — time will tell.
It was the second time in two days the 25th amendment made an appearance on the program. On Wednesday, Scarborough openly called for it to be considered as an option.
“There’s something called the 25th amendment that they’re going to have to start looking at,” he said. “This is not acceptable as the status quo. We have the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill saying the president of the United States could be leading us toward nuclear war, and Republican senators remain silent.”
16 'Morning Joe' Trump Insults That Got Personal, From 'Schmuck' to 'Jackass' (Photos)
President Trump recently received a ton of criticism for sending out a pair of tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts “Psycho” Joe Scarborough and “low I.Q. Crazy” Mika Brzezinski.
“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift,” he wrote of an encounter with Brzezinski he claims he had in Florida weeks before his inauguration.
While nothing can justify the president mocking a woman's appearance, the "Morning Joe" duo have been attacking Trump for months.
Check out 16 recent times the MSNBC stars said something that Trump could have taken personally.
They compared him to Kim Jong-un
“This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way,” Brzezinski said on June 23. “It does feel like a developing dictatorship."
Brzezinski said what Bill Clinton was to sex, Trump is to "decency"
"What Bill Clinton did to the issue of sex to an entire generation, I believe this president is doing on issues of decency, on issues of conspiracy theories, on issues of fake news," Brzezinski said in June 15. "I think it's that simple and we're desensitized if we even argue it."
"If the president seems delusional about his accomplishments, you can point no further than that room," Brzezinski said in June 14. "There are no real men in the inner circle of the White House... none at all."
“Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough said on June 7 when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first hand.”
Scarborough said Trump “is not a sane, rational human being”
“If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately… they would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO,” Scarborough said on June 6.
Scarborough called Trump a “bumbling dope” on May 11 because of the way a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister was handled.
“Looking at the front pages of the newspapers here… The Wall Street Journal also, you look, of course, at pictures. The shameful picture where the United States press corps was kept out but the Russians were allowed in,” Scarborough said while holding up the paper.
Scarborough slammed Trump on March 31, saying that Russians are lucky that POTUS is “stupid enough” to pick up their fake news.
“We’re obsessed on how the Russians have hacked, how the Russians have tried to impact this, how the Russians have tried to impact the White House,” Scarborough said. “We’re really just playing into their hands.”