Democrats continue to be obsessed with preventing former President Donald Trump from ever regaining the White House.
A small group of Democrats is investigating whether they can use an obscure clause of the 14th Amendment to prevent Trump from ever again holding an elected office.
“There is no serious dispute about it: Former President Donald Trump while still in office engaged in insurrection when he impelled a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol. Also not in dispute: A clause in the 14th Amendment bars any office holder who engaged in insurrection from again holding office. There should be no disputing then that Trump, the leading 2024 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, should never again be allowed to hold any office, let alone the presidency,” Quentin Young with the LA Illuminator wrote.
In addition to New York, Connecticut, and Virginia, Democrats have introduced legislation that would make it unlawful for anyone convicted of participating in an insurrection to seek public office or a position of public trust.
“If you’ve tried to take down our government through violent means, in no way should you be part of it,” New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal said.
“He is sponsoring a bill that would bar people convicted of engaging in an insurrection or rebellion against the United States from holding civil office, meaning they would not be able to serve as a judge or member of the Legislature. Hoylman-Sigal said he introduced the bill this year because he saw more people who were involved in the riot in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, running for office last year,” WITF reported.
A Virginia lawmaker introduced a bill that would bar anyone convicted of a felony related to an attempted insurrection or disturbance from holding positions of public trust, such as those involving policymaking, law enforcement, safety, education, or health.
A resolution in Connecticut would prohibit individuals convicted of sedition, rebellion, insurrection, or a related felony from running for or holding public office. The bill’s sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, told The Associated Press that he hopes the legislation will eventually prohibit them from holding state or municipal positions.
Last year, the New York Post published an article that alluded to this new Democratic effort.
The Post authored:
Section 3 of the amendment, which was ratified in 1868 and is best known for enshrining the Equal Protection Clause, prohibits any government official who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States from ever again holding public office.
The Hill reports that roughly a dozen Democratic legislators have discussed applying Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to Trump, whom they accuse of inciting the riot on January 6 that disrupted the congressional certification of the 2020 election results.
“If anything the idea has waxed and waned,” liberal Harvard Law School professor emeritus Laurence Tribe told the news outlet.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“I hear it being raised with considerable frequency these days both by media commentators and by members of Congress and their staffs, some of whom have sought my advice on how to implement Section 3,” he added. CONTINUE READING…