The new edition of Newsweek was all about how Americans should prepare for the possibility of a President Mike Pence or President Nancy Pelosi.
Newsweek was capitalizing on the recent vote for impeachment procedures by the House Democrats, often mislabelled by the media as an “impeachment vote”.
In the unlikely event that President Donald Trump is removed from office, the next in line would be Vice President Mike Pence.
The only way House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become President is if both Donald Trump and Mike Pence were removed from office at the same time before Pence could name his Vice President.
The current list of Presidential succession, as defined by the U.S. Presidential Succession Act of 1792 and updated most recently in 2006, is as follows:
Of course, for any of this to happen the House Democrats would first need to convince Senate Republicans that President Donald Trump committed any serious, impeachable offenses while in office.
Unless they manage to make a much more compelling argument than they have currently, it is unlikely that America will ever have a President Pelosi.