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Political Scientists Weigh in on Congressional Response to Capitol Insurrection


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering whether to ask Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and it has already drafted one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "Inciting Insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol.

This would be the first time in U.S. history that the 25th Amendment has been invoked for other than short-term health reasons, and also the first time a president has been impeached twice. This would be only the third time in our country’s history that a president has been impeached.

To discuss what’s happening in Congress right now we’re joined by Dr. Peter Bergerson, political science professor at Florida Gulf Coast University; and Dr. Susan MacManus, Distinguished Professor Emerita in political science at the University of South Florida.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.