Explaining the 25th Amendment: William Antholis Joins C-SPAN

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January 11, 2021

On Friday, two days after a mob supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, William Antholis, director and CEO of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, went on C-SPAN to discuss the 25th Amendment.

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s insurrection, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers have called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the amendment, which outlines provisions for a vice president to declare a president unfit for office and become the acting president. Antholis discussed the text of the amendment and its history, characterizing it as an attempted fix to a lingering question from the days of America’s founding: What happens if a president becomes incapable of carrying out his or her duties?

Speaking with “Washington Journal” host Bill Scanlan in the hourlong segment, Antholis went over examples from presidential history and reviewed how the process might work, should Pence choose to pursue the amendment, as well as possible timing issues with just days left in the Trump presidency. He also took questions from a wide range of callers.

You can view the full segment here.