Terrifying, but it's also a major media outlet talking about Trump's removal by his cabinet as a likely possibility. There's hope there.
Even before Corker’s remarks, some West Wing advisers were worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office. Several months ago, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment—the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president. When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term.
(It's easy to make fun of Trump's "What's that?" response, but I honestly would have responded "Which one's that again?" if you'd mentioned the 25th Amendment
to me a year and a half ago. That said, I at least know the gist of it even if I wouldn't have recognized it by number, and I'm not the president.)
If Bannon's been warning Trump all along to be suspicious of his own cabinet, that explains a lot about the turnover.
I'm gonna speculate wildly about who in the Cabinet might vote to remove him, because I would dearly like for this to actually happen.
Tillerson and Mattis are top of the list. Chao seems likely too; she's married to McConnell. Nielsen hasn't been confirmed yet, but she's a Kelly pick, so I'll put her up on the "likely" list too. That's 4; we need 8. (Plus Pence, but I figure if a majority of the cabinet comes to him with the signatures, that's a pretty good go-ahead for him and congressional Republicans to go for it; they don't want to make the first move, but if they can say "His own cabinet started it," that gives them political cover.)
There's no HHS nominee as of right now, but Hargan is acting secretary, and he's a veteran of both Bush Administrations, so I'd lean toward him being a possible vote to remove Trump. Shulkin's an Obama holdover with a medical background (and a psychiatrist father); I'll put him down for "likely yes" on removing Trump for psychological problems. That gets us to 6.
After that it's harder to make a call. Sessions still seems loyal even after all the shit Trump's slung at him. I wouldn't expect Mnuchin and Zinke to vote to remove either (though I think there's a tipping point where if just about everybody else is on board, they'll sign on). Ross has ties to Trump back to the late '90s. I'm not sure about Perdue or Acosta.
(ETA: I've reconsidered Mnuchin. If the "suicide pact" story is true and he's been working with Tillerson and Mattis to resist Trump, then he belongs in the "likely to vote to remove" column.)
Maybe Perry and Carson? I'd be holding a grudge after the primary if I were them.
You might be able to trick DeVos with candy.