Trump, truth, and the 25th Amendment: Australian reflections on presidential inability and removal

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Abstract

This article critically assesses a key question raised repeatedly during the tenure of US President Donald Trump – could (or should) the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution have been invoked to suspend him from office? Although moot in a practical sense following the 2020 US presidential election, exploring this question from an Australian perspective provides the opportunity to reflect on fundamental questions of constitutional design and the capacity of our own democratic institutions to respond when tested. The article suggests that the US experience with President Trump highlights some advantages offered by Australia’s parliamentary system.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Early online date8 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • comparative law
  • constitutional law
  • legal system
  • parliament

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