(Liberty Bell) – Business Insider, a popular financial and business news site, found themselves in deep, deep trouble after they decided to post a story offering up rather morbid speculation concerning what kind of impact the death of former President Donald Trump would have on the 2024 presidential election. Trump, currently facing four indictments, is running to be the Republican Party presidential nominee. You have to wonder what the author was thinking and what made the editors at the publication think it was okay to publish.
Imagine if a news outlet like Fox decided to run a feature speculating about the death of President Joe Biden? The backlash would be swift and immediate, with calls for the company to be shut down. It would be a public relations disaster of near biblical proportions.
According to BizPac Review, the report, which was called, “Here’s what happens if Donald Trump dies while running in the 2024 presidential election”, provided a very detailed scenario of exactly what would take place if Trump were to be released from his mortal coil either before 2024 or not long after.
“If Trump were to die before January 1, 2024, there would likely be other Republicans who want to jump into the race. Many states’ filing deadlines have already passed, however, meaning that state election officials would need to adjust them to allow new candidates to enter the race,” it noted.
First, Levi Strauss heir Rep. Dan Goldman says Trump must be "eliminated," and now Business Insider is openly asking: What would happen if Donald Trump “dies while seeking reelection” in 2024?
Don't put anything past these people.https://t.co/Emm6AG8DkG
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 25, 2023
“If Trump died during primary season — which ends in mid-June — some states may postpone their scheduled primaries. There’s some precedent for this; at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a dozen states postponed their primaries or expanded vote-by-mail options,” the report goes on to add.
Business Insider speculated that if the former president were to pass away after the primaries, but before the GOP National Convention, the other GOP presidential candidates would have to make a case to every state delegation at the convention for why they should be the party’s nominee.
Finally, if he pulled in a victory for the Republican Party nomination, but died before the general election, the Republican National Convention would have to reconvene and choose a different nominee.
Many critics called it “death porn,” stating they would not write such a thing about Biden.
They want someone to kill Trump.
This is stochastic terrorism.
— JD Sharp (@imjdsharp) November 25, 2023
If a Republican representative or conservative business has done this they would be getting dragged by media and condemned by Biden.
Instead there’s silence.
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) November 25, 2023
One additional factor that really amplified the outrage over the article from Business Insider is that just a few days prior to its publication, Democratic Congressman Daniel Goldman made a call for Trump to be “eliminated.” Yeah, I think we know what he was getting at don’t we?
“It is just unquestionable at this point that that man cannot see public office again. He is not only unfit, he is destructive to our democracy, and he has to be, he has to be eliminated,” he declared during a conversation with MSNBC. However, Goldman did offer an apology not long after the comments were made, taking to social media platform X to do so.
“Yesterday on TV, I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance for America that Donald Trump doesn’t become President again. While he must be defeated, I certainly wish no harm to him and do not condone political violence. I apologize for the poor choice of words.” he said in his post.
Yesterday on TV, I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance for America that Donald Trump doesn’t become President again.
While he must be defeated, I certainly wish no harm to him and do not condone political violence.
I apologize for the poor choice of words.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) November 20, 2023
The same individual who penned the piece about Trump did so similarly about Biden just days prior, however, it was worded very differently from the one about the former president.
“What happens if a sitting president dies while running for reelection,” the headline of the Biden report reads. Notice the vague reference to “president” instead of actually providing a name as they do in Trump’s article.
What happens if a sitting president dies while running for reelection https://t.co/F6HviJwcPf
— Insider Politics (@insiderpolitics) November 24, 2023
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