Nearly a year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a Harvard University professor says 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could still become commander in chief.
Law School professor Lawrence Lessig says there’s still a scenario in which Hillary Clinton becomes president. Lessig’s claims were credulously passed on by Newsweek in an actual news (not opinion) article titled,
“HILLARY CLINTON COULD STILL BECOME PRESIDENT IF RUSSIA PROBE FINDS CONSPIRACY EVIDENCE.”
A candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination himself, Lessig envisioned a scenario in which President Trump resigns or is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence resigns or is impeached, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan — who would be next in line — nominates Hillary Clinton to be his vice president, and then steps aside to let her have the job.
“This is one way that it could happen,” Mr. Lessigtold Newsweek on Wednesday. “But that’s very different from saying I think it will happen, or should happen, or the evidence is there for it to happen.”
If the president and vice president are impeached for colluding with the Russians to win the White House, the professor said Huillary Clinton is the rightful heir to the throne.
No, this is not a serious scenario, but it is Lessig’s actual contention, and Newsweek seriously reported it as a serious thing that might actually happen. According to the Newsweek story:
On Wednesday, Lessig told Newsweek this scenario was still a possibility.
“This is one way it could happen,” Lessig said. “But that’s very different from saying I think it will happen, or should happen, or [that] the evidence is there for it to happen.”