Donald Trump has hinted that he might choose Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his running mate if he enters the 2024 race, but he might have to move again first.
The twice-impeached one-term president changed his residence to Florida in late 2019, while still living in the White House, but a rarely invoked constitutional provision in the 12th Amendment may force him to pull up stakes again if he wants the GOP governor on the ticket, reported the Tampa Bay Times.
"The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves," reads the provision.
In other words, Florida electors cannot vote for both a president and vice president who come from their state, and constitutional experts agree the provision is clear, if possibly outdated.
"Whether or not the requirement that you vote for someone other than someone from your state makes sense today, and it probably doesn't, the text is clear," said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and a professor of constitutional law. "It's pretty anachronistic, but there it is, part of the text."
The amendment, which is rooted in the framers' concerns about handing too much power to individual states, would permit Trump and DeSantis to run on the same ticket, but would require one of them -- most likely DeSantis -- to give up Florida's 30 Electoral College votes, potentially turning his election over to a hyper-partisan U.S. Congress.
"It would be an impediment unless they took some action to deal with it," said Robert William Bennett, a Northwestern University law professor and expert on the Electoral College. "One action would be that Trump could give up whatever his place in Florida is. He certainly has credentials for being a resident of the state of New York, if not other places."
Dick Cheney moved to Wyoming in 2000, as George W. Bush picked him as running mate, and a legal challenge to Cheney's claim to Texas' electoral votes failed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene, and legal experts expect a similar outcome if Trump changes his address before Nov. 5, 2024.
"People are allowed to move," said Akhil Reed Amar, a professor at Yale Law School. "If Trump wants to move, he can move. He has plenty of time to move, but it should be a real move. They shouldn't thumb their nose at the Constitution."
Writing for NBC News, Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and Ben Kamisar contend that Donald Trump "sure had a rough day on Tuesday" as the House's Jan. 6 committee heard testimony from Capitol police who confronted rioters that day.
"Notably, Trump didn't comment on yesterday's testimony (but he did fire off statements on masks, crime and the Ohio-15 special election)," they write. "Then Trump's endorsed candidate in Texas' 6th Congressional District — Republican Susan Wright — lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey, demonstrating the limits to a Trump endorsement, even in a low-turnout runoff."
Todd, Murray and Kamisar write that while Republicans have tried numerous way to appease Trump, "they've never to tried to marginalize a former president who, it turns out, doesn't have as much power as they think he does."
Trump's "bad day" could get worse now that the Department of Justice says it will not block former Trump administration officials from testifying in the commission.
Trump hasn't commented on the testimony at the Jan. 6 hearing, nor has be commented on Wright's loss.
Read more at NBC News.
Rachel Hamm, a conservative candidate for California secretary of state, said this week that she believes former President Donald Trump won California in 2020 because she is an "empath" who can feel the true desires of voters.
During an interview on Real America's Voice, host Steve Bannon asked Hamm to convince his right-wing audience that Trump won California.
"I think an audit is the key," Hamm explained. "I drove up and down the state of California during COVID. My husband was off of work and we had the time to do it and so we went and saw the state."
"And guess what I saw everywhere," she continued. "I saw Trump signs. Trump signs even in liberal areas. Trump signs everywhere."
Hamm claimed that she is "kind of an empath type where I kind of feel the vibe of places."
"And guess what I felt," she said. "I felt an intense energy and force that was going towards Trump from California. And I kept feeling like something's turned, right?"
"There's been a shift in the state of California and I want to get to the bottom of what happened in the election because I believe California is Trump country," Hamm concluded.
Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.
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