It’s not really any consolation knowing that in addition to the mess that is the current United States executive branch, most of Trump’s staff is in disarray too. In a new interview with MSNBC, Omarosa Manigault Newman explains that when Trump got particularly “crazy,” staffers would add a hashtag to text messages and inter-office communications: #TFA, referring to the 25th Amendment.
On Sunday’s interview with Alex Witt, Omarosa spoke of many things — including her previous comments that she believed Mike Pence, or a member of Pence’s staff, was behind the recent anonymous editorial in The New York Times. But one of the bigger revelations from the interview is how often the hashtag #TFA would come up in private chats with staffers.
“Whenever he did something that was just so insane and so crazy and unhinged, when he would flip positions from one hour to the next, we’d just hashtag it ‘#TFA’ and keep moving,” Omarosa says. “I’m a little embarrassed to tell you how often when I went through my text chains from the White House I saw the hashtag.”
If you’re wondering what #TFA stands for, no, it’s not “total fucking asshole,” nor “totally fucking awesome.” In this case, it stands for “Twenty-Fifth Amendment,” the sole purpose of which allows for a president to be removed from office if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet declare him “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
The 25th Amendment has been coming up a lot recently, but, as Politico recently pointed out, no, it won’t apply to Trump, no matter how crazy he gets.
According to the article by Rutgers history professor David Greenberg and Rebecca Lubot, a legislative specialist who wrote a dissertation on the amendment, it refers to being medically unable to be president — for example, “a crippling stroke, a psychotic break or dementia.” None of those have happened with Trump. Even if you argue he’s demented or psychotic, he was that way before he was elected.
Watch Omarosa explain the #TFA 25th Amendment hashtag below:
In addition to #TFA, what other hashtags would be good for Trump? Do you think the 25th Amendment can be invoked against Trump?
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