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People, on both sides of the aisle, love to spend their free time theorizing what would happen if Trump was impeached, resigned, or left the White House for some other reason. Unfortunately, many of these people don’t really understand how the United States government works, as seen in these tweets. Exhibit A and B below. 


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not how any of this works. Let’s get honest and factual for a minute and go through what would actually happen if Trump left office. Who becomes the president? Is there another election? Does it put Hillary in office? Let’s talk about that.

The moment that Trump is removed from office or resigns, his presidency is handed over to Vice President Mike Pence who will then be sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. End of story. Unless Pence also leaves office at the exact time or before Trump, that’s what the line of succession dictates.  Hillary Clinton doesn’t suddenly win because she was the runner up in the general election. Maybe those rules apply on the playground, but that’s not what the Constitution mandates.

Should Pence be out of office when Trump leaves office, the line of succession goes as follows: Speaker of the House – Paul Ryan, President Pro Tempore of the Senate – Orrin Hatch, Secretary of State – Rex Tillerson, Secretary of the Treasury – Steven Mnuchin, and Secretary of Defense – General Mattis and so on.  No Democrats are even on the line of succession list. Sorry to break it to ya, Leftists.  To note the historical record, the United States has never needed to go further than the Vice President to replace a president in case of assassination or resignation, so don’t get your hopes up for President Ryan either.


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Let’s address the elephant in the room many are using as an argument. Should there be a new election? If Russia interfered in our election, should we just hold another one? There is no precedent for that, sure, but it’s also not constitutionally mandated. You can bet your bottom dollar that the Trump Administration, even if no longer headed by Trump, would fight that tooth and nail, and probably win. Think of how difficult it would be to have an entirely new election, which we know the Left is saying as shorthand for “put Hillary in office immediately.” It would be nearly impossible, and it’s not going to happen.

Let’s also discuss the impact that Trump leaving office will have on some of his popular and unpopular decisions and appointments. Will Trump’s impeachment negate all of his cabinet appointments? Nope. What about his appointment of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court? Still valid. It’s a lifetime appointment. for life. Are those executive orders all overturned? Not a chance, unless the next president signs executive orders that overturn them. Pence is not likely to do that.

Where does that leave us? As of the writing of this article, Trump’s still our president. II don’t think that will change anytime soon. A resignation would require Trump to admit his flaws and an impeachment does not necessarily lead to removal from office, as seen in the two previous US Presidents that were impeached but not removed from office. If you don’t like what Trump is doing because you’re a liberal, your best bet probably isn’t getting him impeached and removed from office. Vice President Mike Pence is a strong conservative and won’t align with your agenda. If you don’t like what Trump is doing because you’re a conservative and like small government, your best bet is to put pressure on other elected officials to stand up for conservative values and their constituents. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member