What is the 25th Amendment? Here's an explainer as some call for it to oust Trump

What is the 25th Amendment
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The phrase "invoke the 25th Amendment" has ruled the media in the last 24 hours since a crowd of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol, ransacked the building and violently confronted law enforcement in an attempt to prevent President-Elect Joe Biden from being certified as the election winner.

While pundits, politicians and civic leaders bandied the 25th Amendment about, Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger became the first in his party to officially -- and vocally -- call for its use against President Donald Trump. "Sadly, yesterday it became evident that not only has the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people's House, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw here," Kinzinger said in a video posted to Twitter. "It's time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare."

But what is it? In a nutshell, the amendment allows for the replacement of a president who has been deemed incapacitated. The amendment was adopted after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and was meant to "create a clear line of succession and prepare for urgent contingencies," CNN reported.

To invoke it in this case, outgoing Vice President Mike Pence would have to agree to amass a majority of Trump's Cabinet to declare the president unfit for office. Trump would be able to write a letter defending himself; Pence and the Cabinet would have four days to dispute him.

After that theater played out, Congress would have to vote and if they reached a two-thirds supermajority -- 67 senators and 290 House members -- the president would have to vacate the White House. Pence would take over until Biden's inauguration.

Could it be done?

ABC News reports that Cabinet members are discussing it, and more than 100 people in Congress have called for it .. although Pence has not indicated support for it, or addressed it in any way.

"It's unclear how extensive these conversations have been or whether Vice President Mike Pence is supportive of such action," ABC reported. "Many (in the Cabinet) were horrified by Wednesday's violence at the Capitol as well as Trump's apparent lack of urgency in marshaling resources to stop the mob, the sources said."