Vice President Kamala Harris could become President for the next ten years in the event of Joe Biden leaving office after January 20, as per the 22nd amendment
Biden is already a lame duck due to his age and his apparent declining cognitive ability.
Not even Democrats believe Biden will serve a second term; with House Republicans gearing up to investigate potential Biden corruption, Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell,” and most recently, his mishandling of classified documents, it’s not looking good.
Harris would become president if Biden gets impeached and is forced to leave office.
As Randy Desoto writes in The Western Journal:
President of the Article III Project and a former Senate Judiciary Committee staffer, Mike Davis, pointed out that if Biden left office after January 20, the day he was sworn in two years ago, Harris would complete the remainder of Biden’s term. She would also be eligible to run two more times after that.
“Per the 22nd Amendment, if President Biden leaves office after January 20, 2023, a President Harris could still run for two 4-year terms (10 years total),” Davis tweeted.
“If Biden left office before then, Harris could only run for one 4-year term (6 years total),” he added.
The 22nd Amendment was passed after President Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency.
The Amendment placed a two-term limit on the presidency, stipulating that more than two years of someone else’s term counts as a full term. However, serving less than two years does not stop the person from running a further two times.
For example, when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the third year of his presidency, Vice President Lyndon Johnson finished the last year-plus of that term, successfully running for election the following year.
Johnson was eligible to run again in 1968, but due to unpopularity, he did not seek a second full term.
By contrast, when President Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford became president, serving the last two-plus years of Nixon’s term.
Ford ran for election and narrowly lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976.
But if he had won, he would not have been eligible to run again in 1980 because he had already served over two years of Nixon’s term.
But the survey shows Harris losing to potential Republican nominee Donald Trump by 6 percentage points. She would also lose to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by 5 points.
It’s unlikely Biden will be forced from office before January 20, so Harris could become president sometime in 2023, making her eligible to run for two more terms.
We’ll have to wait and see.