Former President Donald Trump and Republican legislators with claimed links to the 2021 Capitol riot are being targeted by a burgeoning Democrats, which are exploiting a Civil War-era constitutional provision to attempt to paint them as traitors.
The lefty organizations Free Speech for People and Our Revolution have written to election authorities in all 50 states, pushing them to exclude Mr. Trump and his sympathizers from being eligible to vote in the next presidential election.
“Our democracy is under attack on many levels, and grassroots activists are prepared to take a stand to preserve it,” said Paco Fabian, the campaigns director for Our Revolution. Our election authorities must adhere to the law, and any present or past elected officials who took part in the January 6th rebellion must be disqualified from running for office in the future, according to the statement.
Here is the section of the 14th amendment most do not know about:
Amendment 14, Sec. 3: No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President . . . who, having previously taken an oath . . . to support the Constitution of the U.S., shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.
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The letters, which are written to the leaders of individual state electoral boards, ask that Mr. Trump be removed off ballots amid rumors that he would run for president again in 2024.
“The interplay between the functions of Congress and the states in the presidential selection process is at the heart of your power and obligation to remove an ineligible candidate from the presidential ballot,” the letter reads. “While the states play an important role in this process, they are unable to do so in a manner that is compatible with the United States Constitution,” stated Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech For People.
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“It’s just Democrats behaving like Democrats,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who is refusing to participate with a special House committee’s probe into the disturbance. “It’s just Democrats acting like Democrats,” Jordan said.
During an interview, Mr. Jordan said that “there is no precedent, no principle, and no rule that the Democrats would not break.” GOP members of committees have been removed, and Republicans will not be allowed to serve on [the] Select Committee. They have ordered the Capitol to be shuttered. They’ve put in place a system of proxy voting. They seek to elevate D.C. to the status of a state. They want to put an end to the filibuster. They would want to see the Electoral College abolished. They want to fill the [Supreme] Court with people. They want elections to be held on a nationwide scale. The evidence used by the committee on January 6th was manipulated, and the committee lied to the American people. As a result, there’s nothing they won’t strive to do.”
Free Speech for People portrays itself as a pro-democracy organization that is dedicated to removing money from politics and increasing voting rights in the United States.
Left-wing policies such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All are promoted by Our Revolution. The organisation was formed in the aftermath of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, during which he ran as an independent from Vermont and self-described socialist.
However, leftist activists have escalated their assaults on Republicans who protested to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results, connecting them to the violence that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, despite legal experts’ predictions that the campaign would fail.
The organizations are relying on the 14th Amendment, which was established in 1868, to argue that legislators and the former president should be barred from standing for office as a result of their alleged participation in instigating the assault.
As a result of the Civil War and the Reconstruction era, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868, disqualifies anybody from holding public office who has taken an oath to preserve the United States Constitution but afterwards acts in “insurrection or rebellion” against the government.
In order to deal with Confederate rebels who went to war against the Union or offered aid or comfort to national enemies, the provision was drafted.
Republicans like as Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who also isn’t working with the House committee’s investigation, have criticized the attempt to ban GOP candidates as “a touch over the top.”
“There’s a time and a place for everything, clearly,” Mr. Perry remarked. “And it [the 14th Amendment] was put in for a very particular purpose, and this isn’t that reason.”
The parties attempting to apply this provision to Mr. Trump are also targeting Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
The first legislator to get a legal notice about such an endeavor was Mr. Cawthorn, who received it this week.
This year, Free Speech for People is working on behalf of a group of North Carolina voters who are attempting to prevent Mr. Cawthorn from being able to run for reelection this year.
He is Congress’s youngest member, having been elected when he was only 26 years old. In January, he was sworn in as president, three days before the riots in the Capitol occurred.
It was filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, and it claims that Mr. Cawthorn assisted in the facilitation of an uprising on January 6, 2021, in the state of North Carolina.
In an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the presidential vote, an organized and violent assault on the United States Capitol on January 6th was deemed an insurrection against the United States. “Any elected person who assisted in that revolt is disqualified from holding public office,” Mr. Fein said in an interview.
Mr. Fein went on to say that Mr. Cawthorn has made remarks that support their case and demonstrate “reasonable suspicion” that he was involved in the riot’s planning and coordination. Republicans were “hiding and not fighting,” Mr. Cawthorn said in a speech delivered the morning before the incident. He claimed that Democrats had participated in electoral fraud.
After receiving the legal challenge, Mr. Cawthorn replied by asking his fans to band together and fight back against his opponents.
According to Mr. Cawthorn’s tweet on Monday, “Left-wing activists are attempting to dissuade me from fighting for YOU THE PEOPLE.” “I will not be deterred. “Please assist me in fighting back!”
Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland), have raised the topic of whether Congress must use the 14th Amendment against someone, or if the amendment is “self-executing” when it is in the hands of ordinary persons.
In a press conference, Mr. Raskin said, “We don’t have a lot of precedence on this.” It will be interesting to see what the court decides, since the other perspective is that Congress must act, and that Congress must declare that someone was a participant in an insurrection or revolt.
“There’s also another perspective out there that [Mr. Trump] has already been declared to have engaged in an insurrection and rebellion by virtue of his impeachment by the House of Representatives… and then the finding by 57 senators that he incited violent revolt,” he said. Despite the fact that he was not convicted for the purposes of impeachment, it might be claimed that a majority of the Senate has shown that he engaged in an insurrection is a legislative fact.”
For their roles in the disturbance, over 725 persons have been charged with offences ranging from property damage to unlawful trespassing to aggravated assault on law enforcement agents, among other things.
Five individuals died as a result of the disturbance, according to authorities. Ashli Babbitt, a pro-Trump activist, was shot and killed by a member of the United States Capitol Police as she tried to enter the Speaker’s Lobby, which is close to the House chamber. Three more Trump supporters died as a result of the incident, two of whom died of heart attacks and one who died of a heroin overdose.
One Capitol Police officer died as a result of a stroke, which was determined to be the result of natural causes by a medical examiner. About 150 police officers were wounded during the riot, and four policemen committed suicide in the days after the incident on January 6. The House of Representatives impeached Mr. Trump for encouraging an uprising a week after the event. The Senate found him not guilty.
Bottom line. I don’t see this working for the Democrats but this goes to show they will try anything to beat Republicans.
But let’s not forget how Democrats expressed dissatisfaction with election outcomes in 2000, 2004, and 2016.
Democrats opposed the certification of the election results in the constitutithe certification of the election results in 2000 and 2004, when George W. Bush was elected president of the United States. They were similarly outraged when Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.
The Supreme Court heard Al Gore’s appeals of the 2000 election results, which he had brought all the way from Florida. Democrats did not consider their complaints in the joint session to be “undemocratic” or a threat to the integrity of the United States electoral system.
Their hands aren’t clean either, actually they are never clean.