Donald Trump’s son-in-law and special assistant in charge of everything and his “Stupid Rasputin,” Jared Kushner, has made his move. Kushner, who favors a return to economic normalcy during the Covid-19 pandemic, does not feel the same about the November 3 election.
Kushner told Time magazine in answer to a question about holding the November election and considering the pandemic may be far from over, “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan.” In fact, it is not up to Kushner, Trump, or anyone else in the administration whether or not to hold the election. The election and the expiration of Trump’s term are set in stone in the U.S. Constitution and federal law. Only Congress has the power to move the date of the election. Kushner, who is very stupid and an example of a Harvard degree not conferring common sense or intellect upon a graduate, added to concerns already expressed by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Trump may attempt to postpone the general election in November by using the pretext of the pandemic as an excuse.
Biden warned last month about Trump’s intentions when he said, “Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow—come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.” Biden is a savvy politician and would not have uttered such concerns had he not been tipped off by one or more insiders in the White House or Republican caucus in the Senate. Pelosi echoed his comments in stating that Democrats must ensure that Trump doesn’t try to delay the November 3 election and stressing the importance of voting by mail.
If Kushner, Trump, or others in the administration postpone the election and hold on to power, something Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani attempted to do as mayor of New York following the 9/11 attack, it will not keep Trump and his family of grifters in the White House.
Without a November 3 election (in addition to the Louisiana run-off for its Senate seat on December 5) on January 3, 2021, 35 U.S. Senators—22 Republicans and 12 Democrats—whose terms expire on that date, will not return to the Senate. They include current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Tom Cotton (R-AR). As the terms of all 435 House members expire on January 3, 2021, the House will become vacant. Such an event, however, would give the Democrats a working majority in the Senate with 33 Democrats holding 33 seats plus two independents that caucus with them to the Republicans’ 30. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, as the senior Democratic senator, would become President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
On January 20, 2021 at noon, the terms of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as President and Vice President will expire. The transfer of power is clearly spelled out in the Constitution’s 20th Amendment. Also, according to the Constitution, since there would be no sitting House Speaker, Chief Justice John Roberts would administer the presidential oath of office to Leahy, the next in the presidential line of succession. Leahy, therefore, would become the 46th President of the United States. If Trump and Pence refuse to vacate their official residences, President Leahy could order the Secret Service and any other federal law enforcement officers to physically remove them, their families, and all other Trump administration squatters from federal property. The squatters could also be arrested for trespassing, booked, and held, pending trial, in jail.
It is doubtful that Leahy, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Vermont state’s attorney, and a member of the post-Watergate congressional class of 1974, would go easy on any Trump administration squatters, including Trump, Pence, and Kushner.
Kushner may have a Harvard degree but he doesn’t know a thing about playing poker. He may be betting on a postponed election, but the Democrats can see and raise him with a President Leahy.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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