The Onion-like spoof suggests a scenario whereby Hillary Clinton could still become president.
Harvard professor, Newsweek mocked for claims Clinton can still become president, even though she was never voted into that office after being embarrassed by losing to Donald J. Trump.
The real Lawrence Lessig is a Roy L. Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School. This person [it could be a man or woman, we don't really know] outlined a fantasy in which Clinton could steal the reins of power in the event of a series of impeachments of the Trump administration.
The Onion, normally a smiley-faced satirical newspaper, was livid by the spoof.
Anyway, here's what the so-called "professor" said:
If Trump resigns or gets impeached, Vice President Mike Pence resigns or gets impeached and then House Speaker Paul Ryan, who would become the next in line as POTUS, could then appoint Hillary Clinton as his deputy and then resigns, she would become the FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERRRICAAAAAA!"This is one way that it could happen," the person calling him- or herself Lessig told Newsweek, who then printed the story. The so-called professor first envisioned this scenario in a blog post in October.
"If Ryan became President because the Trump/Pence campaign committed treason, who should he nominate as his Vice President?" he blogged. "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."
No wonder The Onion is angry at Newsweek. They tried to pull this crap off as real.
Nobody who is serious about political philosophy would ever believe this load of garbage, except perhaps someone who still cannot get over the loss of Hillary Clinton, the worst possible candidate who ever cackled and farted quarters, to a reality TV guy, known to have cheated on all three of his wives and said he could shoot a person on the streets of Manhattan and get away with it.
A few people on social media thought that Newsweek was being serious about this article and attacked the canary cage liner mag pointing out that the U.S. Constitution and existing laws clearly define the line of succession and Clinton's position isn't mentioned even once.
But Newsweek had to be kidding. Nobody would take that assertion seriously, would they?
Wall Street Journal writer Byron Tau said, "What's left of Newsweek is actively making people dumber and less informed and honestly should be unfollowed and shunned for this kind of behavior."
I guess Tau just didn't get the joke. The writer of the article couldn't possibly be a real law professor.