On September 27th, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria outlined a possible path to a Trump re-election, and it’s playing out almost exactly like he said it could.
In fact, Zakaria also agreed that this path to victory is “legal and constitutional”.
“The system of electing the president is complicated because it was not designed to be directly democratic. The constitution calls for states to choose the presidential electors, who in turn gather to vote for the President. Over time, states have passed laws that ensured that states popular vote for the presidency would determine the electors. But those are laws, not a constitutional obligation,” Zakaria began during a September broadcast.
“Now imagine a scenario during election week Trump is leading on November 3 but Joe Biden pulls ahead in the days following. Republicans file objections to tens of thousands of mail in ballots, Democrats file counter lawsuits. Taking account of the confusion, legislators decide to choose the electors themselves. Here is the worry, of the nine swing states eight have republican legislators. If one or more decide balloting is chaotic and marred by irregularities, they could send what they regard as the legitimate slate of electors which would be Republican,” Zakaria outlined.
Zakaria then discusses a strategy that could actually turn out to be Trump’s current most-likely path to victory.
By denying Joe Biden of 270 electoral votes through failed certification or overturned results in certain states, the vote would go to the House of Representatives.
Watch the entire segment below:
“If the electors challenge the legitimacy of some electors, it’s possible congressional Republicans could decide the disputed states should simply not be counted. Suppose in this scenario Michigan’s votes are invalidated. That would ensure that neither candidate would get to 270 electoral votes. At that point the constitution clearly directs that the House of Representatives vote to determine the presidential election. But it does so with each stage casting a single ballot,” Zakaria further outlined.
“If the current numbers hold, there would be 26 state delegations that are Republican, and 23 Democratic, with 1 tied. So, the outcome would be to re-elect Donald Trump. Trump doesn’t need to do anything other than to simply accept this outcome, which is Constitutional,” he concluded.
Remember, these remarks were made in late September, before any of us knew the exact way that this would pan out.
Regardless, this video lays out a path to a current Trump victory. Through various legal battles, the Trump legal team can deny Joe Biden of 270 electoral votes and take it to the House of Representatives.
What are your thoughts on Zakaria’s remarks that just may come to fruition? Comment below….
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