Outgoing Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson‘s new ‘Nuclear Sanity Act,’ HB 6535, would prevent incoming President Donald Trump from having uninhibited access to the nuclear launch codes by forcing him to seek approval from the Secretaries of Defense and State before launching nuclear war.
The only exception would be if the U.S. was under attack first and it’s impossible to reach either Secretary for 24 hours or more.
In a press release lavished with colorful language and possible scenarios of Trump’s future nuclear policy, Grayson says the reason for the bill is to put up a wall between Trump and nukes, in the wake of Trump’s “bizarre call” for U.S. nuclear expansion last week.
“What part of the phrase ‘mutual-assured destruction’ does Trump not get?” Grayson asked.
His bill states: “Except in a case of a physical attack on the territory of the United States by the military force of a foreign government, or in a case in which it is impossible for the President to establish communications with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State for a 24-hour period, the President shall obtain the approval of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State prior to the use of nuclear weapons by the United States.”
“In theory, if President Trump wakes up angry at Rosie O’Donnell one morning, Trump could nuke Ireland,” the Grayson press release states, then going on to quote Grayson himself on the gravity of the issue.
“We need to place someone or something between Donald Trump’s impulses and Armageddon,” he says. “When it comes to demonstrating Trump’s recklessness, we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. If any finger rests on the nuclear button, it shouldn’t be Trump’s extended middle one.”
The press release ends with a quote from Albert Einstein: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”