Democrats are trying every underhanded trick to destroy Donald Trump.
They’ll stop at nothing to keep him from winning the election.
And Democrats are trying to force Donald Trump off the presidential ballot with this one move.
Legal efforts are being made to use the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause to disqualify Donald Trump from running for president in 2024.
“Trump incited a violent mob to attack our Capitol, to stop the peaceful transition of power,” Eric Olson, an attorney representing Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in his opening argument.
The left is trying to remove Trump from the 2024 presidential election ballot by claiming he engaged in “insurrection” against the United States on January 6th.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies anyone from running for office who had previously taken an oath of office and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The 14th Amendment was ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War, with the purpose of barring former members of the Confederacy from holding public office.
Only one other time has the insurrection clause been used and it was to deny socialist Victor L. Berger from taking his Congressional seat after being convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917.
On January 6th, Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
But despite his calls for peaceful protest, attorney Olson claims the former president “summoned and organized the mob.”
“We are here because Trump claims, after all that, that he has the right to be president again,” Olson said. “But our Constitution, the shared charter of our nation, says he cannot do so.”
Former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is serving as Trump’s attorney in the case and said in his opening argument that the claim Trump engaged in insurrection is completely baseless.
“The failure to do something is the opposite of the word ‘engaged,'” he said. “President Trump didn’t engage. He didn’t carry a pitchfork to the Capitol grounds, he didn’t lead a charge, he didn’t get into a fistfight with legislators. He gave a speech in which he asked people to peacefully and patriotically go to the Capitol and protest.”
Gessler also added that the lawsuit is an effort to meddle in the presidential election.
“We argue here that this — at its basest level — this is election interference,” Gessler stated.
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