According to Fox News, Lindsay Lohan has recently announced that she has all intentions to run for President in 2020 after being inspired by Kanye West announcement. Lindsay Lohan does however have a sordid past, so is the 29 year old actress even in the position to be a qualified candidate with her history?
Lindsay Lohan came to fame after being a Disney star in the popular remake of the Parent Trap. Before that, Lohan was a child fashion model from the age of three, which was followed by her acting in the soap opera Another World. Over the following years after her Parent Trap success, Lindsay starred in more Disney movies that brought her commercial success and made Lohan a household name.
Lohan is well known for her part in the movie Mean Girls, her first movie that was independent of Disney. This saw her as not just a Disney star but a great actress and her stardom seem to be on the rise. In 2004, Lohan decided to put more focus on her singer career and this led to the release of her debut album, Speak. The album went platinum, and the teenage star followed it up with a second album, which was noted to contain more dark material. A Little More Personal (Raw) was not as successful as her first album as it only reached gold status. The world truly expected great things at this point, but did anyone ever think presidency?
Starting in 2007 Lindsay Lohan was once again becoming a household name, but this time it was for all of her run-ins with the law. Her arrests and charges ranged from drug possession, driving under the influence, and hit and runs to assault in a bar fight. Over the years, some of her charges were dropped, while others have led to her being sentenced to jail but later being released due to prison overcrowding. Most of her charges resulted in community service and probation. In 2013 after Lindsay Lohan got out of rehab, she was ready to turn her life around. She has been in the news a few times since then, but, for the most part, she has turned over a new leaf.
Lohan has shown an interest in politics since Obama ran for his first term, she offered to be a part of his campaign but was declined, mostly due to the negative stories of Lohan in the media. During the election for Obama’s second term, Lindsay threw her support behind Mitt Romney but still showed support for Obama on Twitter, making people wonder where Lohan support truly lay. Given the interest that Lindsay has shown in politics, Lohan’s announcement should not have been a surprise. She stated on Instagram that she might run for the presidency in 2020 elections. She followed that with a “Vote for Lindsay Lohan” post.
In #2020 I may run for president. Through ups and downs #YESWECAN lets do this @kanyewest 🇺🇸 #truespirits thank your for inspiring us to be better people @barackobama #kanyewest2020 #lindsaylohanat35 #lindsaylohan2020 with #34yearsofEXPERIENCE 🙏🏻 #unitingWORLDnations @aliforneycenter @savethesociety @unicef
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Do the charges brought against Lindsay Lohan prevent her from running for the top seat? Not quite, there is no law that prevents anyone convicted of a crime from running for president of the United States. If Lohan was running for a state office position, depending on the state that she decided to run in, she would need to check if any of her crimes disqualify her from running in that state. The federal government has no laws that prevent a person from running due to any crimes that they have been convicted of; once three requirements have been met, they are qualified to be elected. However, once elected, if any challenge is raised, it is then up to the Senate or the House to determine if the elected official is qualified to serve, which is where someone convicted of past crimes could be asked to step down.
Lohan, however, does not need to hold a state or federal seat to bid for the presidency, although most holders of the top seat have been part of the government prior to placing their bid. Most candidates that never held government tend not to be successful at the presidency, but maybe Lindsay Lohan can pull it off.
If you believe that she would be a good presidential candidate and are looking forward to throwing your support behind her in the 2020 elections, don’t get your banners printed just yet. Although her crimes do not disqualify her, her age certainly does. All presidential candidates must be 35 and older to run for presidency. In 2020, Lohan will only be 34, one year short of the age requirement. Don’t be too disappointed; you can throw that support behind Kayne. Will Lindsay Lohan consider being a 2024 presidency candidate instead?
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