Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe explained last week how “President Nancy Pelosi” could become a reality at 12:01 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2021.
Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid on Friday, Tribe explained that, if the election is not settled on time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could temporarily become president via a constitutional “fail-safe.”
There is a procedure — it’s a very elaborate procedure — in every state for resolving disputes by the date of the so-called “safe harbor” on December 8th. So, really, all of the efforts that Trump is making to both pretend that he can extend the date of the election, which everyone understands he can’t do that. That date is set at November 3rd by act of Congress.
All of that is designed simply to cast doubt in the way that Putin wants to and the way that Bannon has tried to do from time to time on the ability of our system to work. They’re trying to make it look chaotic but there’s a fail-safe mechanism built into the constitution itself. That is no matter how much dust he throws into the gears, at high noon on January 20th, 2021, if there has not been a new president elected, at that point, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House become president of the United States – READ MORE