How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Donald?

25 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2017

Date Written: September 27, 2017


Political observers have debated whether and how to remove Donald J. Trump from the office of the presidency. This article explains the difficulties associated with both the Twenty-Fifth Amendment’s incapacity route and impeachment. These difficulties illuminate a larger underlying problem with American democracy that the Trump presidency both crystallizes and reinforces: the emergence of an energized core of political participants who unite around racialized identity and reject some core principles of democracy.

Keywords: Donald Trump, US Constitution

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Novkov, Julie L., How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Donald? (September 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Julie L. Novkov (Contact Author)

SUNY University at Albany ( email )

135 Western Ave
Building, Room 109
Albany, NY 12222
United States

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