Ever find yourself wishing we could just go back in time and re-do the 2016 presidential election entirely? Well, Keith Olbermann has news for you — it might be possible.
While Olbermann often releases videos which discuss all of the many shortcomings of President Trump in an attempt to hold his administration responsible for their missteps, this video took a dramatically different turn.
He has, in effect, come up with a solution.
Allegedly, despite the fact that the United States has held a presidential election every four years for a significant period of time (since 1841) and despite significant external circumstances which might have otherwise served to bar such a process — there is nothing in the Constitution which indicates the next election must be held in 2020.
In fact, Olbermann identified the specific portion of the Constitution which describes this, and it says:
‘In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.’
The GQ anchor also articulated quite candidly that looking beyond the horrendous agenda of Donald Trump, he has given Republicans countless opportunities to “do the right thing” and remove him from office. They have not, and as a consequence of that, he believes that as a party they cannot be “rewarded” by being permitted to remain in control of the White House.
Furthermore, simply by virtue of the fact that a foreign entity (Russia) influenced the presidential election — even if one pretends there is no evidence to suggest that their efforts were aided by Americans, specifically, he who won the election and his campaign team — that that should be reason enough to hold a new election.
While this solution is entirely possible legally, Olbermann did acknowledge that since the Republicans currently have control both in the House and in the Senate it is practically unlikely.
‘[A]ll three bodies would have to be hit by lightning simultaneously to knock enough patriotism and morality into the Republicans who control them to actually hold at a 2017 or 2018 Presidential Election.’
That said, he asserted that given the strong legal basis for it, it is an option that should be explored further, and advocated for.
‘It would be unprecedented and dangerous…and unprecedented and dangerous is where we are now with this punk in the White House.’
Since there are going to be a slew of new elections in November, next fall and next year with midterms, should American voters decide to “run [Republicans] into the ground,” we could then, quite easily, hold a new election.
If nothing else, the discovery that the Constitution does indeed place the power in the hands of the people — despite how untouchable President Trump seems — we can resist, and we can #DumpTrump.
WATCH the full video by Olbermann below:
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