When President Donald Trump tweeted July 30 about his problems with mail-in voting and suggested that maybe the 2020 general election should be delayed, citing a need to “properly, securely and safely vote,” there was a panicked response. If you listened closely you could hear democrat heads explode all across the country.
According to the Constitution, a president does not have the power to change an election date; that power is reserved to the Congress, which is why Trump only suggested it. If Congress does decide to move Election Day into 2021 and after the constitutionally-mandated Inauguration Day, who, then, would assume office on January 20?
“President Pelosi” quickly went around the Twittersphere and screenshots of those tweets had been shared on different social media platforms in response to the claim that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will be next in line to take office on January 20 if there had not yet been a vote tally.
“If the president doesn’t get re-elected or vacate by Inauguration Day (1/20/21), the Speaker of the House would serve as acting president. That means President Nancy Pelosi,” reads tweet, a screenshot of which was later posted on Instagram.
“Correct me if I’m wrong but if an election gets delayed doesn’t the Speaker of the House become interim president at the end of the incumbent’s term? So Trump wants President Pelosi?” reads another widely spread tweet, also shared via screenshot on Facebook.
You stand corrected, because you’re wrong.
Some lawmakers threw in their two cents as well. Barely a Republican, Senator Lamar Alexander told reporters that Pelosi would become president if the election were delayed past January 20. What a buffoon. Alexander is an embarrassment.
The 20th amendment says the terms of the president and vice president will end at noon on January 20. If election results have not taken place by that date and successors had not been chosen, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence would be out of office, regardless.
In the presidential succession, behind the vice president, the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 says it’s the Speaker of the House, and that would not be Nancy Pelosi. Let me repeat that for the Soros-funded freaks at MediaMatters. Nancy Pelosi, at that point, would not be the Speaker of the House, Vice President Mike Pence would become the Speaker. Why? Because the Constitution says so.
It makes sense to believe she’d then take the role of president, but that completely ignores two important things: Pelosi is also up for reelection in 2020, and the Constitution puts an end date on the terms of Congressional members as well.
The 20th Amendment says terms of senators and representatives end at noon January 3. If a federal election is delayed, or the votes haven’t yet been tallied, then no vote would take place to reelect or remove Pelosi from office. She, too, must step down from her position. Should we now start a lie that Pelosi won’t step down, the same way leftists have been lying by saying Trump won’t step down if he loses? But, I digress.
In this case, the president pro tempore of the Senate, who is the next in line, according to the presidential succession, would assume office as the president. Currently, that’s Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
But, that’s not the end of it. If the election isn’t yet decided, Pelosi wouldn’t be the only member of Congress to leave office. There are 35 senators up for re-election, 22 of them are Republicans, and in the event that they were all removed without any successors, the 100-member Senate would just have 65 members, and that would mean that the Democrats would have the majority.
Technically, those senators could select a new Senate president pro tempore, and that person would be the president. Yes, it would be a scumbag thing to do, which is why the Democrats would do it in a heartbeat.
There is a chance that the Republicans could maintain their majority of the Senate thereafter, though.
According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, if there is a a Senate vacancy, depending on the laws of each state, governors could make a temporary appointment, at least until the election results came in. This means that vacant seats formerly held by Democrats could be filled by Republicans, or vice versa, depending on a governor’s pick.
We all know that Democrats would scream bloody hell that Republican governors should replace Democrat senators with other Democrats, while at the same time Democrat governors would replace any senator with a Democrat.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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