Between mail-in ballots, warnings from both sides they refuse to concede losing, and a deeply divided country… one thing is for certain…
The 2020 presidential election will be anything but ordinary… and it could turn into utter CHAOS.
And experts are warning that one potential outcome of that chaos is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becoming PRESIDENT!
Now, before you freak out… a lot would have to happen for that to become a reality.
Let us explain…
According to an investigative report from Fox News, a lot would have to happen for Pelosi to become acting President of the United States… but there is a path for it to happen.
You see, the Constitution makes Congress the ultimate arbiter to decide which candidate wins each state.
Congress must approve certificates of election from all 50 states. But with a polarized electorate, a close presidential race, a pandemic and voting by mail, it’s wise to consider contingencies. And, one of those contingencies includes the House Speaker moving to acting president of the United States.
According to The Hill, the first step for ‘President Pelosi’ is a tie in the Electoral College. And that tie is indeed possible.
Try to follow along…
It all starts if President Trump loses Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District to Biden and holds everything else he won in 2016, the two candidates would be deadlocked at 269 electoral votes a piece.
A few other results could also end in a tie, though perhaps they are even more unlikely. But these ties could create gridlock… and the gridlock could open up a path for Pelosi.
A tied Electoral College then heads to the House, in which each state gets one vote, regardless of its size.
Though Democrats hold a majority of the 435 seats in Congress, the makeup of the House would still favor Trump — but not by much.
Republicans control majorities of House delegations in 26 states. Democrats have a majority in 22 plus the District of Columbia. Two states, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans.
But according to The Hill, Democrats appear set to gain House seats this year, for the second straight election cycle, and that could change the balance of power between the delegations.
You see, if Dems pick up seats in both Pennsylvania, Michigan, and even Republican-controlled Montana, it could swing the House delegation their way.
Republicans and Democrats would each hold 25 delegations, with one split. Assuming that no partisan breaks ranks, the House would cast divided ballot after divided ballot.
Normally, the Vice President Mike Pence would then ascend to power if the House can’t pick a President… but if the Senate cannot choose a Vice President because of gridlock. And unfortunately, this scenario could be likely.
Today, Republicans hold 53 seats, Democrats hold 45, plus the allegiance of Independents Angus King (Maine) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.). Democrats are in good position to pick up seats in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina and Maine; Republicans appear set to win the seat held by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). A tied Senate, divided equally between Democrats and Republicans, seems more plausible than an evenly divided House.
In this nightmare scenario, an equally divided House and Senate return to Washington just after the new year, only weeks before President Trump’s term expires. They vote and vote and vote, but the deadlock endures. The House cannot pick a president, the Senate cannot choose a vice president.
The 20th Amendment is clear on what comes next: Trump’s term expires at noon on Jan. 20, 2021. So does Vice President Pence’s. The next officeholder in line, under federal law, is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. And that is Nancy Pelosi!
At the end of the day, this scenario is very unlikely… but it’s also very possible.