Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday urging her to begin the process of removing President Joe Biden from office – but the right-wing lawmaker made at least one glaring error in the letter: misspelling Harris’ name.
The letter, which addresses Harris as “Kamela Harris,” asks her to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows a majority of the Cabinet to remove a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
In the letter, Cawthorn claims Biden has a “declining mind” and is thus unfit to oversee crises like the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, a common GOP attack on the 78-year-old president that was often employed by the Trump campaign last year.
The letter urges Harris to “find your courage” and “do nothing more and nothing less than your duty,” and concludes with a quote of a lengthy passage from the 19th century adventure novel Treasure Island.
Cawthorn is one of dozens of House and Senate Republicans calling for Biden’s resignation, impeachment or removal in the wake of an Islamic State attack in Kabul that killed at least 13 U.S. service members.
Forbes has reached out to a Harris spokesperson for comment.
Cawthorn is not the first Republican in Congress to call for using the 25th Amendment to remove Biden from office in recent weeks. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the chair of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, said last week “we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office,” before pointing to the amendment as a remedy. Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) also raised the idea in a Fox News interview on Thursday.
The measure was also widely suggested, but never used, as a means for removing former President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, as well as previously due to Democrats’ concerns over his mental fitness. A House select committee investigating the attack on Wednesday sent sweeping document requests to eight federal agencies seeking, among other things, records on discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.
“This is a day where U.S. service members, 12 of them, lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. It’s not a day for politics. And we would expect that any American, whether they are elected or not, would stand with us in our commitment to going after and fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live and honoring the memory of service members,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday in response to calls for Biden’s ouster.