Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig continues to prove he’s off his rocker. In a scheme only Newsweek saw fit to reprint, Lessig devised an incredible, though tangled, scheme to finally give bitter Democrats what they’ve wanted for the last 300+ days: to get Hillary Clinton onto her rightful throne at the White House.
The so-called constitutional expert condensed the big “if” plan into five easy steps that he published on Medium:
If number 1: If Trump is definitively found to have colluded directly with Russia, he would be forced to resign or be impeached.
If number 2: If Trump is removed, Vice President Mike Pence would become president.
If number 3: If Pence becomes president, he should resign too, given that he benefited from the same help from Mother Russia.
If number 4: If Pence resigns before appointing a vice president, Ryan would become president.
If number 5: If Ryan becomes president, he should do the right thing and choose Clinton for vice president. Then he should resign.
It just might work… not.
Newsweek’s Julia Glum said the plan only offers a tiny glimmer of hope: “Sure, it's been more than 340 days since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, but there's still one very narrow, highly unlikely and entirely unprecedented way that Clinton could become president.”
Lessig argued further:
"The answer seems unavoidable: He should nominate the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside and let her become the president. Without doubt, if Ryan did the right thing, that would be the most extraordinary event in the history of America since the Confederate Army fired on Fort Sumter. But unlike that, this event would build the union, not divide it."
This isn’t the first harebrained scheme Lessig has come up with. A year before the 2016 election, the professor announced his plans to become the US’s first referendum president if — there’s that big “if” again — $1 million dollars was raised, which it wasn’t. But had it been, Lessig would get elected to do one thing: fix the rigged political system plagued by wealthy donors and then immediately step down and allow his vice president to take over running the country.
Now, Lessig did find 1,732 donors for his campaign, but they certainly weren’t wealthy. He only raised $140,000 of his million-dollar goal. It’s sort of ironic, though, that he could’ve been more successful had he found some wealthy donors. Oh, well. Maybe next time.