Pete Buttigieg and Troy Nehls clash over Biden and the 25th Amendment

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A House Transportation Committee hearing took a left turn on Tuesday as Rep. Troy E. Nehls (R-Tex.) argued with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg over the president’s mental health Biden, briefly turning an otherwise cordial discussion on an infrastructure law into heated politics. swap.

For several hours, lawmakers and Buttigieg discussed road and rail safety, the cost of electric vehicles and rising energy prices amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, among other topics. But four hours into the hearing, after being asked about airspace restrictions over Disney theme parks, Nehls changed gears, presenting a photo of Biden speaking, with a caption mocking the president for a speech last month in which he stuttered over a word.

“We are now seeing the mainstream media questioning President Biden’s mental state, and for good reason,” Nehls said. “Unfortunately, he shakes hands with ghosts and imaginary people, and he falls off his bike,” the congressman added, referring to the president’s fall during a bike ride last month near his home in vacation in Delaware. As the lawmaker spoke, people with him stood, holding images of Biden next to the White House Easter Bunny.

“Have you spoken to Cabinet members about the implementation of the 25th Amendment on President Biden?” Nehls then asked.

“First of all, I’m glad to have a president who can ride a bike,” Buttigieg replied. “And, I’m going to look past the insulting nature of that question and impress upon you that the President of the United States…” he added, before Nehls cut him off. Buttigieg was able to mutter “Of course not,” into the microphone as Nehls repeated the question, before ending his sentence by saying that the president “…is as vigorous a colleague or boss as I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”

Critics, including former President Donald Trump and Republicans who support him, have used Biden’s downfalls, trips, stutters and slips of the tongue to raise doubts about the fitness of the nation’s oldest president, sometimes seeking to present Biden’s verbal errors as signs of his sanity. deterioration. But he’s long been known for his verbal slips, even gaffes, and he grew up with a stutter.

A never-enforced section of the 25th Amendment allows the vice president and senior administration officials to impeach the president if he is “unable to perform the duties of his office.” Senior Trump officials discussed invoking him following the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising, The Washington Post reported.

The 25th Amendment details the steps for filling the presidency in the event that they are “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of office. (Video: Brian Monroe, Sarah Hashemi, Daron Taylor/The Washington Post)

Nehls helped Capitol police barricade the entrance to the US Capitol as insurgents attempted to storm the building on Jan. 6 last year, as Congress voted to certify Biden’s election. He called the insurrection a “shame”. But he also voted to overturn Biden’s victory.

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