If Kari Lake’s Dream Comes True, Donald Trump Couldn’t Run For President

Former President Donald Trump embraces Arizona governor Kari Lake during a Save America rally at the Findlay Toyota Center on July 22, 2022 in Prescott Valley.

Former President Donald Trump embraces Arizona governor Kari Lake during a Save America rally at the Findlay Toyota Center on July 22, 2022 in Prescott Valley.

What if dreams come true? Or, better yet, what if? nightmares came out?

Let’s assume for a moment that Donald Trump is right.

(I know, crazy, but be patient.)

Let’s say Trump actually won the 2020 election, as claimed by Trump and his conspiracy-driven supporters like Arizona’s governor candidate Kari Lake.

(Yes, it’s painful, but hang in there.)

Then let’s take it a few steps further and pretend Trump is honest when he says he believes in the US Constitution and that Lake could fulfill her legally impossible wish to decertify the 2020 election results if she became governor.

A horror, I know, but here’s the good news:

Constitution is clear about those 2 terms

If all that happened — and Trump and Lake’s dreams came true — Donald Trump could never run for president again.

It’s there in black and white.

The 22nd Amendment.

It begins, “No one may be elected more than twice to the office of president … .”

Watch what it does not say?

It says nothing about being denied the opportunity to serve that second term. It says nothing about a ‘stolen election’.

A different view: Will Kari Lake try to cause a riot, a la Trump, if she loses?

It simply says, “No one may be elected more than twice to the office of President…”

So if Donald Trump is right, and he is elected to a second term, and Kari Lake, as governor, can decertify an election and have Trump declare the winner of 2020, Trump would not be eligible to run for the again. post of commander in chief in 2024.

Supreme Court Won’t Help Trump

In theory, if Dear Leader were suddenly declared the winner of the last presidential election, that case would go to court. And you know how the courts work. It takes time. Maybe even a few years.

Should the case or cases related to the election challenge move to the Supreme Court, the Trump-appointed judges would have to rule that he was not allowed to re-run.

They are advocates of language.

Or so they claim.

They threw out local firearms restrictions, undermined the government’s ability to fight climate change, and completely destroyed Roe v. Wade because there was no specific language in the constitution (written in the 18th century) about such things. The alleged belief of the Trump-appointed judges in an original interpretation of the Constitution and its amendments leaves no room for interpretation.

Okay then.

The 22nd Amendment does not contain a “what if”. It does not provide for exceptions. It does not say that a president can be elected to a third term if he wins reelection but has not been allowed to serve the second.

It just says, “No one may be elected to the office of President more than twice….”

Gosh, if only dreams come true.

Or better yet, nightmares.

Reach Montini on [email protected].

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: How Kari Lake would make Trump ineligible to run for president?

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