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Trump or McCarthy in 2023?

April 27, 2022

If President Biden is Impeached and convicted in 2023, reporters for The New York Times Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin,  have raised questions that may adversely impact the authority of Cong. Kevin McCarthy should he become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and third in line of succession to the Office of President of the United States.

“During the Jan. 10, 2021, phone call, Mr. McCarthy was speaking with a small group of Republican leaders, including Mr. Scalise, Ms. Cheney and Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, as well as a number of aides.

It was on this G.O.P. leadership call that Mr. McCarthy told his colleagues he would call Mr. Trump and tell him, “it would be my recommendation you should resign.”

The House minority leader has in recent days lied about and tried to downplay his comments: Last week, after The Times reported the remarks, Mr. McCarthy called the report “totally false and wrong.”

McCarthy’s first reaction to the Trump-inspired Insurrection of January 6 was correct. President Trump was prepared to thwart the election of Joe Biden by inciting a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol and should resign.

That action exposed Trump’s willingness to change the results of the 2020 election on the questionable grounds that “the election was stolen.” Vote stealing is endemic in all elections, and most politicians engage in that practice. If they lose, as did Richard Nixon in the 1960 election, they accept the loss and vow to win the next time.

I personally saw vote stealing in that election and give an accounting of what I saw in my recent book, Ennobling Encounters.

John Kennedy stole more votes than Richard Nixon and won that election, but Nixon resolved to win the next time he ran for the office of President.

Donald Trump, a political novice, did not understand the “game” and cried foul.

After the mid-term elections of 2022 when control of Congress will fall to Republicans, the GOP majority will Impeach and Convict Joe Biden and force the resignation of Kamalla Harris. As Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy will succeed to the Office of President of the United States, if he can resist pressure by Donald Trump to be reinstated.

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