Fox News host Tucker Carlson has hit back at President Biden’s off-script gaffes about Vladimir Putin‘s removal and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying it’s time to ‘invoke the 25th amendment’ to remove the commander in chief from office.
‘The joke is over. Too much is at stake,’ Carlson said on Monday during his show Tucker Carlson Tonight. ‘If there ever was a time — if there was in U.S. history ever a time to invoke the 25th Amendment, it is now. As Joe Biden himself put it, ”For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” For all of our sakes.’
The 52-year-old conservative political commentator cited Biden’s cognitive decline as the main reason for the current administration’s backtracking over the president’s three recent blunders: first telling U.S. troops in Poland that they were about to go to Ukraine, before suggesting that the U.S. might engage in using chemical weapons on Russia, and calling for regime change in Moscow, saying Saturday that ‘for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.’
The 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential succession, gives the vice president and Cabinet power to remove the commander in chief from office via a majority vote in the event it’s determined he or she is no longer fit for office. It has never been invoked in U.S. history.
Carlson, who has been called out by news outlets for his odd defense of Putin and Russian media in recent weeks, also claimed that 79-year-old Biden can not control his emotions due to elderly age and that the president’s recent behavior is more than dangerous than the one of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
‘There has never been recklessness at this level in the White House,’ the host said.
‘And yes, that includes the last president, who was often attacked for being reckless. Nothing he said compares to this.’
Section four of the 25th Amendment affirms that if the vice president and majority of ‘principal officers’ or another body of Congress declare that the president ‘is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.’
While answering questions from reporters on Monday afternoon, Biden insisted he never vocalized that Putin should be stripped from power, which took his European counterparts by surprise and prompted the White House to try and walk his comments, saying the president meant Putin could not continue to wield power over neighbors.
Instead, the president said it was ‘more of an aspiration than anything,’ adding that it was his way of ‘expressing moral outrage.’
The White House, which has recently released numerous statements clarifying No. 46’s comments while he was touring Eastern Europe, also stressed that Biden did not menace Putin’s status as Russia’s leader.
‘The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,’ a White House staffer said.
‘He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.’
Nonetheless, regardless of what the president’s true intentions were behind his comments, Carlson stressed that Biden’s words raise a real possibility of putting national security at risk.
‘It feels almost like we are being mean to the guy by quoting him, and no one wants that,’ Tucker said toward the end of his show.
‘No one is making fun of his age or his diminished condition, only trying to defend the country.’
Days earlier, the Fox News host issued a bizarre warning regarding Putin’s removal, saying ‘it’s likely’ that Islamic extremists might just ‘wind up with’ nuclear weapons at their disposal and attack the U.S.
Carlson isn’t the only influential political figure to have questioned the commander in chief’s cognitive ability and call for his eviction from the presidency.
On Monday, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul took issue with Biden’s use of cue cards to answer reporters’ questions regarding his off-the-cuff remarks about Putin.
Paul questioned Biden’s acuity, saying the aging president’s remarks were a threat to national security.
‘A lot of times when you’re around somebody who’s in cognitive decline, you find yourself trying to help them with a sentence, trying to help them complete it – but we shouldn’t have to do that for the commander-in-chief,’ he told Fox News.
‘And, it is actually a national security risk because he’s sending signals that no one in their right mind would want to send to Russia at this point.
‘We aren’t trying to replace Putin in Russia. We aren’t trying to have regime change.
‘We’re not sending troops into Ukraine, and we’re not going to respond in kind with chemical weapons.’
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of Biden’s most vocal critics, said that the U.S. should look from within for regime change instead of calling for other countries to remove their leaders from power.
‘The most needed regime change right now is the one in the United States for ruining our country,’ she tweeted on Monday