‘She can’t pass a basic aptitude test!’ Donald Trump questions Nancy Pelosi’s mental fitness as third in line to the presidency after speaker forms commission on removing unfit presidents
- Donald Trump said during a phone interview with Fox News Sunday morning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not fit to serve
- ‘I don’t think she could pass basic aptitude test personally,’ he said when it was brought up she is third-in-line to the presidency
- The comments come after Pelosi proposed legislation Friday that would form a commission on removing unfit presidents from office
- She stressed the move is not related to Trump or his coronavirus diagnosis
- Trump says the legislation is actually being set up to remove Joe Biden from office and replace him with Kamala Harris should they win in November
Donald Trump claimed Sunday that Nancy Pelosi is not fit to serve as questions over her status as third-in-line to the presidency emerge after she formed a commission on removing from office presidents deemed unfit.
‘I don’t think she could pass basic aptitude test personally,’ Trump told Fox News Sunday morning. ‘I really don’t, I don’t believe it.’
The comments come as concerns from conservatives arise over the fact Pelosi could rise to power in the case of a contested election.
On Friday, Pelosi rolled out legislation to set up a commission under the 25th Amendment to weigh whether a president is incapacitated.
She claimed the move had nothing to do with potentially removing COVID-19-stricken President Donald Trump and having Vice President Mike Pence take over.
Donald Trump said during a phone interview Sunday that Nancy Pelosi is not fit to serve. ‘I don’t think she could pass basic aptitude test personally’
Pelosi announced Friday legislation that would form a commission on removing unfit presidents – but stressed the move was not directly related to Donald Trump or his coronavirus diagnosis
Trump reiterated during his interview on ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that he believes Pelosi wants to set up the commission to prepare for replacing Joe Biden with the much more progressive option, vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, should they win in November.
Trump often has questioned Biden’s fitness to serve as president, dubbing the candidate ‘Sleepy Joe’ and making reference to his frequent gaffes and supposed lack of physical and mental stamina.
Conspiracies have swirled since Biden’s announcement that the 77-year-old candidate is really just paving the way for his vice president to take over his seat in the Oval Office shortly after taking office if he defeats Trump.
‘Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!’ Trump tweeted Friday.
Pelosi heavily hyped the upcoming legislative move on Thursday but when she unveiled the plan, immediately made clear it was in effect a troll against the president.
‘This is not about president Trump. He will face the judgement of the voters,’ Pelosi told reporters in a press conference at the Capitol.
‘He shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents,’ she said.
Pelosi faced repeated questions about her intentions as she noted a day earlier that the president was medicated and questioned his ‘capacity’ in a letter to colleagues hours before her press conference.
Trump said the move from Democrats is actually to set them up for removing Joe Biden from office and replacing him with Kamala Harris should they win in November
‘Any of us who is under medication of that seriousness is in an altered state. He has bragged about the medication that he has taken,’ she said.
‘There are those who believe that taking certain medications can affect your judgement,’ Pelosi continued. ‘I don’t know,’ she said, referencing a call with her members.
‘It’s not about any of us making a judgment about the president’s well being,’ she said. ‘It’s about this respected, bipartisan [body]. If the president wins this election, yes it would apply to him. If he doesn’t, it’ll apply to the next president of the United States.’
‘It’s not about the election at all,’ she urged.
Part of Trump’s treatment was taking the steroid dexamethasone, and many critics claim his behavior and decisions since being put on the drug are rash and not in his interest or the interests of those around him.
Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a constitutional scholar, outlined the legislation.
It would create a body of retired presidents and cabinet officials, along with medical professionals, who could weigh in along with the vice president in the event the president is incapacitated and could not fulfill his duties.
Both Pelosi and Raskin stressed that the move was for the next Congress for scenarios raised by the coronavirus pandemic – not as a quick way to remove Trump from office.
Raskin said the 25th Amendment was ‘designed to guarantee the continuing peaceful transfer of power in our country,’ and said it was ‘only for the most extreme situations where you have a president who cannot fulfill the functions of the office.’