Lada Gaga is not a fan of President Trump, so many fans might have been surprised and even angered when they heard she is not a proponent of removing him from office via the 25th Amendment. However, they’d probably change their minds after reading her tweet explaining why she’d rather slap him with a second impeachment, a move that is already under way.
“I hope we focus to impeach Trump so Congress has the constitutional authority to possibly disqualify him from future election,” she tweeted Monday.
Yes, the superstar performer instead hopes Congress uses a second impeachment to potentially disqualify him for office in the future. She pointed out that as President, Trump “incited domestic terror” and asked “how much more violence” the country has to endure.
The 25th Amendment lays out the path of succession in the event the President or Vice President dies in office or becomes incapacitated and unable to perform the duties of office. It was passed by Congress July 6, 1965, and was officially ratified by the states February 10, 1967. It codifies the line and manner of succession, and allows the President to designate the Vice President to assume his duties for certain periods of time. The relevant portion to which Lady Gaga refers is Section 4, which states the Vice President can assume the responsibilities of the office without the President’s authorization if he and a majority of the President's Cabinet agree that the President is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." There are many issues with this, mainly given that Mike Pence reportedly has no interest in doing this. But even if he did, as Gaga noted, this would not restrict Trump from running again in another election.
If impeachment is the chosen tool of removal, Congress could then prevent the President from running again. While the only eligibility requirements for President provided by the Constitution are that the person is a natural born citizen of the United States who is at least 35 years old, and has been a resident within the country for at least 14 years, the document also says "Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States.” This means that after impeachment, Congress could then vote on this measure, needing only a simple majority in the Senate rather than a two-thirds majority.