The Democrat Party is looking to bar Donald Trump and any of his supporters from ever running for office over these fake claims that they all perpetrated an “insurrection” on Jan. 6 of last year.
Democrats are looking to use a post Civil War constitutional amendment that aimed at barring Confederates from running for office after the war ended. The amendment, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, was not used a whole lot, though. Literally dozens of ex-Confederates ran for office after the war. So, there’s that.
Still, some Democrats are looking to use the amendment to destroy their Republican opponents.
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“If anything, the idea has waxed and waned,” said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional expert at Harvard Law School. “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.”
An analysis by The Hill found that around a dozen Democratic lawmakers have spoken either publicly or privately over the last year about how Section 3 of the 14th Amendment might apply to those who engaged in insurrection on Jan. 6.
Among those whose offices have spoken recently with Tribe are Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who sits on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee; Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee; and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
This is, of course, a bogus use of the law. It is just an attempt to destroy political opposition.
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