MSNBC Contributor: Republicans Would Invoke the 25th Amendment In a 'Rational Political World'

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 12:30 PM

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle told "Morning Joe" on Friday that if the current political situation was normal then Republicans would invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office because of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump is being criticized for asking if there was a way to treat people with disinfectant to cure them of the coronavirus, with many wrongly saying he encouraged people to inject themselves.

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute," Trump said. "One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you're going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds - it sounds interesting to me."

The question came after it was revealed on Thursday how effective isopropyl alcohol and UV lights are at destroying the novel virus in a short amount of time.

"You really do wonder, what’s going through the minds of Republican senators and Republican members of Congress and Republicans who serve with this president? Yes, we’re in the middle of what he called a war, and we have a president who is wandering off aimlessly on this pandemic battlefield, endangering so many American lives," host Joe Scarborough said.

“Well, Joe, in a rational, political world, of which we are not part, we’re no longer a part of that, there is no longer a rational political world around us, I’ll tell you what might be on their minds: the 25th Amendment. Because yesterday, the President of the United States actually posed a threat to public safety, to the public safety of the citizens of this country. Those are the musings of a man who has spent a whole lot of his lifetime in a tanning bed," Barnicle said.

"So I pose this question to the country: How would you feel if Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci both resigned under protest, that the President is acting like someone who is mad, someone who has gone temporarily insane, who is deranged, who feels cornered, who will say anything to get out of anything at a particular moment in time?" he then asked. "Not long-term, not leadership, not looking down the road, but get out of something like right now. How would you feel if they resigned?"

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