Trump and his allies attempt to reframe 25th Amendment talk by focusing on Biden

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE and other conservatives are trying to reframe legislation from House Democrats intended to gauge a president's capacity to perform the job as a referendum on Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE.

Trump on Friday alleged that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences MORE (D-Calif.) had introduced the new bill not because of his own bout with COVID-19, but because she hoped to replace Biden with his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump fights for battleground Arizona Biden to air 90-minute radio programs targeting Black voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's big battleground | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Turnout surges among new voters MORE (D-Calif.), if the two take office in January.

"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.


The president found a friendly audience for that unsubstantiated claim during an appearance on Rush Limbaugh's radio show Friday. The conservative host excitedly agreed when Trump raised the idea during a call-in segment.

"That’s exactly what it is. It’s a trial run to see if they can kick Biden out," Limbaugh said. "It’s not aimed at you."

Former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.), a Trump ally, also suggested Pelosi's talk about the 25th Amendment was a "trial run" for replacing Biden with Harris.

There's no evidence that Pelosi is motivated by the prospect of replacing Biden with Harris. For days, the Speaker has raised concerns that Trump's judgment may have been impaired by his medication regimen following his COVID-19 diagnosis last week.

The bill unveiled by Pelosi and House Democrats on Friday morning would create a panel to gauge a president's capacity to perform the job and potentially remove the commander in chief from office in cases of decided debility. The commission would be permanent, applying to future administrations.


"This is not about President Trump; he will face the judgment of the voters," Pelosi told reporters Friday. "But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents."

The legislation invokes the 25th Amendment, which empowers Congress to create "a body" that, working with the vice president, can remove a president deemed "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

Democrats' concerns about Trump have been fueled by a lack of transparency about the president's treatment for the deadly virus. Doctors have not briefed the public since Monday, and subsequent notes from the president's physician were brief and offered few details about Trump's condition.

The White House has repeatedly refused to disclose when Trump last tested negative for the virus before he contracted it.

Despite Republican claims that the Democratic bill is a trial balloon to replace Biden, the legislation has little chance of being turned into law. Congress is on recess, the two chambers are controlled by different parties and the Senate is consumed by a Supreme Court nomination fight. Republicans in the Senate have already dismissed the bill as a political stunt.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany piled on Friday morning, telling "Fox & Friends" that Pelosi's gambit is "absurd."