Trump adviser Peter Navarro appeared on FOX News Saturday night ahead of Republicans’ last stand in their attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Navarro claimed that President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration could be postponed.
Said Navarro: “I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this. And Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done and I cannot imagine, when he looks at the facts, he won’t vote the right way on that.”
Told by host Jeanine Pirro that the inauguration date of January 20 can’t be changed because it’s constitutional, Navarro replied, “Well it can be changed, actually. We can go past that date. We can go past that date if we need to.”
The 20th Amendment clearly states: “The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.”
None of that changes if there’s no confirmed successor. Even if Congress somehow gums up the works — and it won’t — then the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 would give us Acting President Pelosi.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 3, 2021
This is all just offensive, norm-destroying, democracy-disrespecting garbage.