A resurfaced video in which CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explained the “legal and constitutional” way President Trump may be re-elected even after a seeming loss has raised some eyebrows.
The video, released before the election, showed the columnist for The Washington Post and host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” laying out the case on how Trump can remain the president “without actually winning the vote.”
Democrats and supporters of Democrat nominee Joe Biden, who still has not been certified as the official winner of the 2020 presidential election, expressed concern on social media as the video got fresh attention this week.
In a video on CNN’s YouTube account dated in September, Zakaria presented reaction to reports at the time claiming that Trump refused to “commit to a peaceful transfer of power,” and could even “resort to violence” if he lost the election. The ridiculous fears were stoked by irresponsible and dishonest media playing with the president’s comments about not accepting the results of a fraudulent election.
Though his words seem prophetic in hindsight, warning of the rampant problems that Democrat-hyped mail-in voting would create, Trump was slammed by Democrats and the media for implying he would not peacefully concede if defeated.
Zakaria went on to outline what turned out to be the very scenario that unfolded on Election Day, telling viewers that the “terrifying reality is that there are also mechanisms that are legal and constitutional that could enable Trump to stay in office without actually winning the vote.”
Although electors are determined by each state’s popular vote, that is “not a constitutional obligation,” the CNN host explained.
“Taking account of the confusion, legislatures decide to choose the electors themselves,” he said, noting also that eight out of nine swing states have Republican legislatures.
“If one or more decide that balloting is chaotic and marked by irregularities, they could send what they regard as the legitimate slate of electors, which would be Republican,” Zakaria continued.
And “part of the Republican plan” could even play out as Democrats from the same states could potentially send their electors to Washington,” he noted, adding, “Because, you see, when Congress convenes on January 6 to tally the electors’ votes, there would be challenges to the legitimacy of some electors.”
Theoretically, this could prevent Biden from maintaining his electoral lead, as GOP lawmakers would contend that the states under dispute should not be included in a final tally.
“At that point, the constitution clearly directs that the House of Representatives vote to determine the presidential election, but it does so with each state casting a single ballot,” Zakaria explained.
Straightforward from here:
▶️GOP controls state legislatures in key swing states
▶️Legislatures convinced of fraud; send own/no electors
▶️Biden deprived of 270
▶️State delegations in House re-elect Trump 26-23
“So the outcome would be to re-elect Donald Trump.” 🔻 pic.twitter.com/vZAnvtgNBz
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 28, 2020
The chain of events could lead to Trump’s re-election, Zakaria noted.
“Trump doesn’t need to do anything other than accept this outcome, which is constitutional,” he concluded.
With some time to go before the divisive and highly contested presidential election that was to unfold in November, Zakaria warned of what was soon to be.
“America prides itself as the world’s leading democracy,” he said, although the nation was founded as a republic and not a pure democracy.
“And yet, because of a vague and creaky Constitutional process and ferocious partisanship, this November we might put on a display of democratic dysfunction that would rival any banana republic on the planet,” he said.
The CNN video was making the rounds on social media again this week as Trump continues to challenge the election results in key states amid allegations of vote fraud and irregularities in the voting process.
The idea of the legal possibility of the president remaining in office despite the fact that the liberal media crowned Biden the winner triggered many reactions on Twitter, especially as some tried to dismiss it because it aired before the election.
“People are saying this is a video from before the election like that has some effect on the Constitutional process he is describing,” One America News Network’s Jack Posobiec tweeted.
— @amuse (@amuse) November 28, 2020
Rather than be honest about the fraud and irregularities; CNN now has to find another excuse for why Biden will end up losing. Nothing worse than the entire left getting blindsided by the network they worship.
— Sean Zepeda (@ZepedaSean) November 28, 2020
I can’t believe CNN actually let him say that
— Mike Ray (@mikeray1968) November 28, 2020
— President Elect (@Hazmat25) November 28, 2020
Well I’m happy CNN is starting to admit it to their audience that Trump has a real path. And they know they cheated. So there’s that too.
— President Elect Laura 🇺🇸 (@beyouonlybetter) November 28, 2020
Snowflakes will melt before the storm!LOL😆
— Emcee T.C. of Cactus T. Productions (@djCactusT) November 28, 2020
CNN did some actual reporting.
— MagamanV (@MagamanV) November 28, 2020
I’m shocked that someone at CNN has actually read the US Constitution and knows the process that is required to elect a President!
— The Big Orange Gun (@BigOrangeGunner) November 28, 2020
Lol. Insane. I’m done. pic.twitter.com/hx6EYjd0wQ
— Jack Basile (@JackBasile11) November 28, 2020