At the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the incoming vice president and leaders of Congress (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Orrin Hatch) will all be gathered in one (outdoor) place to witness the transition of power from one administration to the next. So what happens to the line of succession if tragedy strikes?
The question of "designated survivor" was posed by CNN in a report this week, and the piece has already stirred controversy (video below).
"Critics say that CNN is suggesting violence against Trump," notes the Proud Conservative. "The report emphasizes that 'a president from the prior administration' will take power if there is an attack due to the fact that none of Trump’s cabinet secretaries have been confirmed yet."
However, the CNN story maintains that no specific threat or imminent danger has been presented. Instead, the report examines the transition of power, and possible alternatives.
"Two lines of succession: one, for the Barack Obama administration, which is still in place," John Fortier, the former director of the Continuity of Government Commission, told CNN. "And one which really won't be in place until Donald Trump is inaugurated, and comes into office, and formally nominates, and the Senate confirms, his people."
According to Proud Conservative, however, various commenters on CNN's video attacked the piece as inciting violence.
"Flagged for inciting violence," one user wrote.
"I flagged this video as dangerous to the president-elect, and that it might foment violence," another wrote.
"The charges are not without precedent," Proud Conservative admits, nevertheless. "After Thomas DiMassimo tried to rush the stage to violently confront Trump during an event in Ohio last year, CNN gave him a platform to denounce Trump as a 'bully.'"