What if there were a way to keep a hot-headed reality T.V. star out of the White House?
And, I mean, this is a totally crazy idea, but what if there were a loophole that meant Donald Trump couldn’t be President—even if he somehow won?
Say Trump does get enough votes to be President, so then he must take the following oath [according to Article II Section 1 (8)]:
“I do so solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Is it legally possible to allow a person to become our President when said person has clearly shown that he won’t preserve the Constitution?
Take for instance Trump’s stance on banning all Muslim immigration (First Amendment and Fifth Amendment), his anger at journalists for delivering news that he doesn’t agree with (First Amendment) and, even worse, his view that it’s okay to deport children born in the U.S. to parents who are illegal immigrants (14th Amendment Section 1).
The Constitution represents the heart and soul of our country, and Trump has continually shown us that even at the best of his ability he does not want to protect the document.
Over the past few months, Trump has clearly shown us—over and over again—that he isn’t defending the Constitution, as evidenced by his rhetoric regarding Muslims, libel laws and more.
So here’s the big What If?
What if a person who won the Presidential seat lied while taking an oath to uphold the Constitution? Then would that person truly be able to hold the office?
At this point in time, Trump doesn’t appear to be able to make this oath without lying.
But does this what if hold weight?
For the sake our country, I hope it will.
I’m not Constitutional Law expert, but I am a concerned citizen who doesn’t want to see our country crumble under the weight of ignorance and hatred.
So I’d like to think this what if would be the backup plan if Trump actually won the Presidential election.
In the meantime, let’s look over the Preamble of the Constitution, and reflect on Trump’s best ability to defend this precious document, especially as he has already sworn to change many parts of the Constitution to fit his needs if he’s elected President.
Here it is:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Author: Jessie Wright
Editor: Toby Israel
Image: Courtesy of the Author.