In simple terms, it means that if the President is unable to do his job, the Vice President will take on his role.
It states: “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the UnitedStates, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
If the 25th amendment was invoked, Mr Trump would be removed from office and Vice PresidentMike Pence would take office.
US Vice President Mike Pence presides over the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden[/caption]
When has the 25th amendment been used?
The 25th Amendment has been used a total of six times for various reasons.
It was first used in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to fill in as Vice President after Spiro Agnew’s resignation.
Less than a year later, it was used again when Vice President Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned.
Ford also used the Amendment to allow Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy when he took over from Nixon.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan had surgery to remove a potentially cancerous growth in his colon and he unofficially used the Amendment to allow Vice PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush to temporarily step in.
PresidentGeorge W. Bush also used it twice, officially in 2002 and 2007, while also undergoing surgery.
AACP Chairman Leon Russell tweeted: “Inciting a coup has to warrant impeachment.”
There have also been calls to use the 25th amendment to oust him.
Rep Jerry Nadler said: “I am safe. We are sheltering in place. Make no mistake: President Trump and his enablers are directly responsible for this violence.”
One user posted: “Protestors have breached the walls of the capitol building and the congress had to halt its work and shelter in place. No words for that which Trump us wrought. Still not too late for a 25 amendment removal.”.
Another wrote referencing Nazi Germany times: “Is this Trumps Night of the Broken Glass?