What if a president refuses to leave office? Rogers Smith, TIP seminar leader, weighs in October 14, 2020 – Posted in: Uncategorized

President Trump has suggested he might not accept the results of the 2020 election as valid if he loses. Penn Today asked political scientist and TIP seminar leader Professor Rogers Smith to give some background on why the 25th Amendment was established and what happens if an election’s results are contested by a sitting president. He recounted two precedents in American history. The most recent, Bush v. Gore, was settled through litigation all the way to the Supreme Court.

Professor Smith was instrumental to founding TIP in 2006. He has served in the University Advisory Council and created an endowment for the program through his family’s Ivywood Foundation. Professor Smith also led two political science TIP seminars: American Racial Politics in 2012 and American Political Culture in 2009. American Racial Politics examined the 2012 election and explored how politics has affected the creation and development of racial identities and statuses. Participants in American Political Culture explored primary sources from the nation’s founding to the present and sought to understand and asses the different and historically evolving traditions that have made up American political culture