Talk about fake news. As our colleague Jeff Dunetz notes at The Lid, Newsweek, the rag that once called President Obama “god of all things,” actually tried to make the case that Hillary Clinton, the most evil person ever nominated to the White House by a major party, can still be inaugurated as president despite losing the 2016 election.
No folks, this isn’t a joke. Just short of a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, Newsweek Magazine published an article claiming that it’s still possible for the election to be overturned and Hillary Clinton installed as POTUS. Perhaps they waited until Jan. 18th so they can qualify for next year’s fake news awards.
The scenario is that the Russian collusion story is proven true, both Trump and Pence are either impeached or forced to resign and instead of Paul Ryan moving to the White House as the next in line, he says something like, “you know it really should be Hillary:”
Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School, penned an essay for Medium in October outlining a series of hypothetical scenarios that could take place should the ongoing probe find that the Trump campaign actually conspired with Russia to influence the results of the election.
If Trump did conspire with Russia, the president “should resign, or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached,” Lessig wrote in his essay. Vice President Mike Pence would also have to either resign or get impeached, which would make House Speaker Paul Ryan the president of the United States, Lessig wrote at the time.
Given that there is “no mechanism in American law for a new election,” nor “a mechanism for correcting the criminal results of the previous election,” Ryan ought to nominate “the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become President,” Lessig went on to say.
Dunetz goes on to say:
Obviously, Newsweek believes it was stolen or they wouldn’t have published such an idiotic story. Perhaps it’s time for the once important newsweekly to pull itself out of the darkness and stop lamenting Ms. Clinton’s loss, especially if it wants to hold on to the small audience it still may have.
Talk about insane…
Read the whole thing here…
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