Can Trump be reinstated as POTUS? CPAC unveils seven-point plan 'full of holes'
Conservatives unveil a plan to 'restore Donald Trump in days, not weeks' but has numerous gaping holes that leave Twitter in splits
After failed legal challenges and an insurrection, conservatives have now hit on a new plan to reinstate Donald Trump as President. The seven-point plan was unveiled on Friday, July 9, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida, much to Twitter's delight. As several users noted, the plan was far from foolproof and gaping holes allowed social media to mock CPAC for its efforts.
Despite losing the popular vote and the electoral college, Republicans have not laid to rest the claims that Trump won. Fuelled by the former President himself, the GOP is carrying out a massive nationwide campaign to cast doubt over the election results and fix upcoming elections. The biggest efforts are in Maricopa County, where an audit, run by a Trump supporter is underway. In other states, the GOP has revealed, or voted in, numerous new election-related laws that make it harder to vote.
However, those plans are to protect the GOP in the upcoming elections. The party is still adamantly attempting to change the past, by any means necessary. The latest comes from a seven-point plan, reportedly handed out to CPAC attendees. It was first shared on Twitter by Forbes reporter Andrew Solender and has since gone viral. Is it possible though? Can the GOP really reinstate Trump?
'Restore Trump in days, not years'
Titled '7-pt. plan to restore Donald J Trump in days, not years' the plan was printed on cards and shared to CPAC attendees. One such attendee then sent the card to Solender, who put it up on Twitter. The plan hinges on Nancy Pelosi either being booted or stepping down as Speaker of the House, which in itself seems dubious. After that happens, conservatives want a conservative speaker in place, who will draft articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
CPAC attendee sent me this pic of a card they were handed about a “7-pt. plan to restore Donald J. Trump in days, not years,” which involves installing Trump as speaker and ousting Biden & Harris. pic.twitter.com/dS0tQ5jW7b— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 9, 2021
While the impeachment is drafted, Trump will be drafted into the "line of succession" by making him the Speaker. Once Biden and Harris are impeached, Trump would then be able to take "his rightful place" as President. Now, as you can imagine, the plot is filled with huge holes. For one, Pelosi would have to quit, and judging by her conduct so far, that is unlikely to happen. Secondly, the GOP would need a majority in the House for the impeachment vote to happen, which they do not have. The Democrats currently have nine more seats than the GOP, and the only way that can be flipped is if members die in office or resign. Alternatively, the GOP would have to capture 10 more seats in the 2022 mid-terms, which won't be a matter of days.
Then, there's the strange plan to elect Trump as Speaker. Technically, it is possible for Trump to be elected speaker. According to the Congressional Research Service, "there is no requirement that the Speaker be a Member of the House," so technically the GOP can make Trump a candidate for the role. But again, for him to be elected speaker, he would have to receive a majority of the votes. It would also break from tradition, to date all Speakers have been members of the House of Representatives.
If the GOP manages to overcome that loophole, then they have to contend with the actual impeachment. If the GOP impeached Biden, Harris could easily become the President and pick another Democrat for VP. That would leave the GOP in a constant circle of impeaching the POTUS and VP. To sum it up, the plan is a long shot with little chance of succeeding, as Twitter noticed.
'This is such a stupid time to be alive'
Twitter was quick to laugh off and condemn the plan. "This is such a stupid time to be alive," one person said. Another tweeted, "All these wacky plans when all they had to do was take the pandemic seriously and he would probably still be President." One person ominously asked, "So what happens when this doesn't happen? Another murderous insurrection?" One user joked, "Man these schemes seem much more complicated than just winning elections based on good ideas and a solid track record."
This is such a stupid time to be alive.— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@mirandayaver) July 9, 2021
All these wacky plans when all they had to do was take the pandemic seriously and he would probably still be President.— Eric Peoples (@DnPeeps) July 9, 2021
So what happens when this doesn't happen? Another murderous insurrection?— CK (@HRCDemocrat) July 9, 2021
Man these schemes seem much more complicated than just winning elections based on good ideas and a solid track record— Kyle Shivers (@kshivs20) July 9, 2021
Other users didn't find the card funny. They were clearly worried about the plan. "We can laugh at this, but one thing we have learned since the last election is that Republicans genuinely don't respect elections. If they get control of the House & Senate, they'll be shameless with their shenanigans. And the Speaker of the House does not need to be a member," one person tweeted. Another said, "This isn’t funny anymore. I hope the Democratic leadership are paying attention and taking this seriously. Also, why is there another CPAC? They just had one in February!" "Would be funny if we hadn't seen these people get away with so much already," one user responded. Another said, "No one is taking this serious enough. What has to happen for people to see how dire the situation is? Where the f--- is the justice department."
We can laugh at this, but one thing we have learned since the last election is that Republicans genuinely don't respect elections.— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 9, 2021
If they get control of the House & Senate, they'll be shameless with their shenanigans.
And the Speaker of the House does not need to be a member.
This isn’t funny anymore. I hope the Democratic leadership are paying attention and taking this seriously. Also, why is there another CPAC? They just had one in February!— 🇺🇸Mémè (Joan) Goddess🇺🇸 (@Earth_Goddess07) July 9, 2021
Would be funny if we hadn't seen these people get away with so much already.— MegLavDC (@MegLavDC) July 9, 2021
No one is taking this serious enough. What has to happen for people to see how dire the situation is? Where the fuck is the justice department.— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) July 10, 2021
We have not been able to confirm if the card was handed out to all CPAC attendees, Solender's tweet appears to be the only image of the said card. Nonetheless, it isn't the first time we are hearing of a plan to elect Trump as the speaker. During a July 3 speech, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz promised to elect Trump speaker if the GOP wins back the House in 2022. So it seems like this plan has been in action for a while.
The card also has a link to a 'Trump in Days' PDF that continues to go down this rabbit hole. The PDF dives into further details about each step, along with links and talking points for conservatives to use to bring down Pelosi.