No one should have the opportunity to vote for Donald Trump next year or again due to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals from holding office who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same. Individuals in at least two states are now challenging Trump’s eligibility for office, and more are expected.
Could Trump be off the 2024 ballot?
The Jan. 6 committee recommended Congress establish a formal mechanism to assess the insurrection’s impact on the country. The committee concluded that former President Donald Trump was the central cause, and many others followed him. Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, Arizona, is taking this challenge seriously, ensuring final certification of eligible candidates for the primary ballot by Dec. 14.
Is Trump disqualified under the 14th Amendment?
During Trump’s presidency, the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization, appointed federal judges referred to or backed by him. Two professors from the society researched the 14th Amendment question and produced a report stating that Trump should not be on the ballot. William Baude of the University of Chicago and Michael Stokes Paulsen of the University of St. Thomas conducted the research, stating that Donald Trump cannot be president unless two-thirds of Congress grants him amnesty for his conduct on January 6.
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Trump leads GOP primary pack – but faces different challenge
A lawyer in Florida and another in New Hampshire are challenging Donald Trump’s eligibility for the ballot in their respective states. Bryant “Corky” Messner, a former Trump supporter and Senate candidate, now believes he doesn’t view himself as turning on Trump. Messner believes he loves the country and has served it, and believes someone must step up to defend the Constitution. Other advocacy organizations, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Free Speech for the People, are also attempting to challenge Trump’s eligibility.
States preparing to challenge Trump’s candidacy
Ron Fein, a lawyer with Free Speech for the People, stated that they are prepared to challenge Trump’s candidacy in multiple states, but not in advance. Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, who is nearing his 100th day in office, must prepare. The Arizona Supreme Court’s rulings indicate Trump cannot be excluded from the ballot, but this may not be the final word. Fontes also mentioned that any law can be overturned in a judicial action, but he is not inviting someone to sue him.