Senator Chris Murphy has been busy exposing President Trump’s neglect of Puerto Rico over the holidays. Murphy made a trip to visit the ravaged land over the holidays.
But given Trump’s continued threats of launching a nuclear war against North Korea, another facet of the senator’s important work throughout 2017 has bubbled back to the surface.
Murphy introduced a bill called the Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act of 2017. The bill would constrain President Trump or any future commanders-in-chief from unilaterally launching a preemptive nuclear strike without the consent of Congress.
The senator has warned that Trump is prepared to start conflict overseas. Murphy pointed out to Ezra Klein in Vox that the tone of the Trump administration toward North Korea is darker and radically different from the language used by former administrations.
A group of senators joined Murphy, including 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and liberals Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker. All have stressed that Trump must not be allowed to launch any type of military offensive unless North Korea acts first or Congress gives the White House a go-ahead to do so.
Democrats had high hopes that anti-Trump GOP senator Bob Corker would support the bill, but his office has never taken a firm stance in approval.
Klein referenced his prior interview with Murphy, and the still-on-the-floor Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act which has yet to be voted on, in a tweet on Tuesday:
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 3, 2018
Peace activist Lisa Miller has suggested going a step beyond what Dems have proposed and removing Trump from command of the military altogether:
Congress or Trump’s Cabinet will therefore need to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would immediately suspend Trump’s presidential authority on the grounds that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” While the amendment can be invoked on political grounds alone, Trump’s behavior suggests he has a cognitive inability to do his job: Neurologists warn that Trump is displaying symptoms of dementia, while prominent psychiatrists have argued that Trump’s particular brand of mental instability poses a grave risk to national security.
Steve Cohen, a Democrat and U.S. Representative from Tennessee, echoed the concerns of Murphy and others on New Year’s Eve when he told MSNBC that Trump was a “despicable” human being who would gladly start a war with North Korea if it improved White House approval ratings.
“War is something (Trump) could do before the 2018 elections to improve ratings,” Cohen said.