Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Yorker story on 1951 proposed recall amendment for presidents

Here's a look back to 1951 at a proposed presidential recall by New Jersey Senator Robert Hendrickson (R) for a constitutional amendment to recall the president. This was following Harry Truman's firing of General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination during the Korean War.

This quasi-recall would require two-thirds of the state legislatures to demand a recall of the president, and those two-thirds would have to equal two-thirds of the electoral college. Needless to say, this idea went nowhere, much as other attempts to extend the recall to federal officials.

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