Nancy Pelosi could become the next President of the United States
According to noted Constitutional Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, who has taught at Harvard Law for fifty years and argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a real chance that Nancy Pelosi could become the next President of the United States.
In all the discussion about Donald Trump proposing delaying the upcoming Presidential election, questions have been raised about whether or not Trump would leave office.
During an interview with Joy Reid on MSNBC's “The ReidOut,", Tribe outlined a scenario in which Pelosi would become the next President by default. This might become reality should the election be delayed, or the results delayed due to mail in voting.
"There is a statue that congress passed, which says that if the election does not produce any winner in a slate, then it's permissabe for the state legislature itself to nominate a slate of electors...but there’s a fail-safe mechanism built into the constitution itself,” Tribe said. “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.”
“That’s the fail-safe. The constitution is not designed to self-destroy but it’s designed to self-preserve,” he explained.
“There’s every reason to believe that the new Congress is going to be in Democratic hands. So I wouldn’t, at this point, play Trump’s game of throwing up our hands and saying ‘there will be no winner, Trump is going to win by default.’ He can’t really do it,” Tribe noted. “The default solution in our system is President Nancy Pelosi — and I can think of worst things than that.”