In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, conservative commentator Mark Levin said that the way several states changed their election rules at the last minute, thus bringing about fraudulent results, has put the country into a “constitutional crisis” that must be addressed.
While conservatives are accustomed to the left screaming “constitutional crisis” every time President Trump does something they don’t care for, Levin’s case for our predicament is hard to dispute. As he points out in the interview, the Constitution is clear about who has authority over state election rules…and who does not. By doing an end-around the state legislatures, places like Pennsylvania usurped the constitutional power of lawmakers and drove their elections straight out of legal territory.
“In Pennsylvania, which has a Democrat governor, Democrat secretary of state, Democrat majorities of justices on the state Supreme Court, they used all of these non-legislature officers to change the laws in Pennsylvania to assist the Democrats. So the legislature was cut out,” Levin argued.
He said there were similar shenanigans in Georgia, where Republicans caved to the left on the matter of ballot signature requirements.
“They watered it down to the point where it really doesn’t work anymore,” he said.
Levin said the problems extended into Wisconsin and Michigan as well.
“The Michigan secretary of state issued seven million ballots,” he said. “The problem is, under Michigan law, you have to request a ballot. You need some identity requirements.”
Levin said that the Constitution is explicit in taking state governors and the judiciary out of the Electoral College scenario.
“Yet in all four of those states, the executive and the judiciary had more impact and more input into the election laws leading up to this election than the state legislatures did,” he said. “They were utterly cut out. So here we have a problem. We have a constitutional crisis that nobody wants to talk about. You had unconstitutional elections, if you follow the Constitution, unconstitutional elections as a result of what the Democrats did, circumventing the state legislatures.”
We’re pretty damn sure that if the results were reversed – if this chicanery had been done by Republican officials in service of a Trump victory in November – all the so-called experts would be screaming at the top of their lungs in the pages of The New York Times and the Washington Post. Every day would bring a new op-ed about the disintegration of our democracy and the “installation” of Trump to a second term.
But since everything went as planned, we all have to keep quiet about it and “accept the results.”