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If Kari Lake’s dream came true, it would make Donald Trump unable to be president again


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

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

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

(I know, crazy, but bear with me.)

Let’s say Trump actually won the 2020 election, as claimed by Trump and his conspiratorial supporters like Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

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

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

Horrible, I know, but here’s the good news:

The Constitution is clear on these 2 terms

If all of this were to happen – and Trump and Lake’s dreams came true – Donald Trump could never be president again.

It’s right there in black and white.

The 22nd Amendment.

It begins as follows: “No one can be elected to the post of president more than twice…”.

notice what he does not say?

That says nothing about the fact that we were denied the ability to fulfill this second mandate. It says nothing about a “stolen election”.

Another view: Is Kari Lake trying to start a Trump-style riot if she loses?

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

So if Donald Trump is right, and he’s been elected to a second term, and Kari Lake, as Governor, can decertify an election, and a few other conspiracy states follow, declaring Trum the winner of 2020, Trump would not be eligible to run for commander-in-chief again in 2024.

The Supreme Court would not help Trump

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

If the case or cases involving the electoral challenge were to go to the Supreme Court, the justices appointed by Trump would have to rule that he could no longer run.

They are language freaks.

Or so they claim.

They rejected local gun restrictions, eroded the government’s ability to fight climate change, and completely overturned Roe v. Wade because there was no specific language in the Constitution (written in the 1700s) about it. The Trump-appointed justices’ so-called belief in an originalist interpretation of the Constitution and its amendments leaves no room for interpretation.

So okay.

The 22nd Amendment does not include any “what ifs”. It does not provide for exceptions. It does not say that a president can be elected for a third term if he was re-elected but could not serve the second.

It only says: “No one can be elected to the post of president more than twice…”.

Well, if only dreams came true.

Or better yet, nightmares.

Contact Montini at ed.montini@arizonarepublic.com.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: How Kari Lake Would Make Trump Ineligible For President

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