We all know the Democratic Party would like nothing more than to find a way to ensure that former President Donald J. Trump was never allowed to hold a publicly elected office again. However, they have failed to find a plan that will succeed so far.
But, of course, that isn’t going to stop them from trying any time soon.
So what’s the plan now?
Well, quite naturally, it involves the alleged January 6 Capitol incursion they believe he incited and planned out.
As I am sure you are well aware, leftists from all over have been trying to paint Trump as a criminal for years, even before he apparently encouraged Americans to voice their concerns in our nation’s capital just over a year ago. But thanks to his so-called “incitement” last year, they think they have found a way to ban him from office for good.
It lies in a Civil War-era provision of the 14th Amendment, which was meant to ban former confederate soldiers from being able to hold office or even be included on ballots due to their engagement in “insurrection or rebellion.”
According to section 3 of the Amendment, anyone who had previously taken an oath of allegiance to the United States could no longer hold “office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State” if they had then gone against that oath and caused harm to the nation.
The basic idea is to rework the provision to be used against Trump and any other Republican currently holding office who may have helped to plan, organize, or contribute to the attacks on the capitol grounds.
Now, at first, it was merely a suggestion made by a few on the far left immediately after January 6, 2021. And like nearly all other considerations being made at the time, it seemed a bit farfetched. However, with the passing of the first anniversary of that day, the frequency with which the idea has been brought up is growing.
In fact, according to The Hill, some dozen or so Democrats have begun rather serious conversations about putting the plan into action, including those such as House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Representative Jerry Nadler of New York, Maryland’s Representative Jamie Raskin, who once managed Trump’s impeachment, and the Democratic National Committee’s chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Raskin, for one, says that the entire purpose of such a constitutional provision is to ensure that “people exactly like Donald Trump and other traitors to the union” are kept from holding public office.”
Of course, the exact how of putting the plan through is a bit unknown at this point.
According to The Hill, some experts on constitutional law believe that a “simple majority” in both the Senate and House of Representatives could get the job done. And to undo the action, which would supposedly restore Trump’s eligibility for office, a supermajority vote would be required.
However, others believe a “neutral fact-finding body” would need to be established in Congress to decide Trump’s fate and, more precisely, if he actually committed insurrection or not. That fact-finding body could possibly be a federal court.
Still, other leftists, such as the progressive group, Free Speech For People, believe that no real action from the government is needed at all.
According to them, all that is needed is to ‘remind’ the people and state leaders that Trump is “ineligible to appear on future ballots because he’s in violation of the Constitution.” And so they have written letters to all 50 states alleging that President Trump can, in fact, be left off of any and all state ballots per Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
As I mentioned above, the idea has gained in popularity over the last several months, no doubt as Biden’s popularity and so the chances for successful Democratic leadership have decreased. Clearly, with no answers in sight for how they will maintain their control over the country, the plan has simply become to ensure that the Republican’s chances of success are as minute as possible.
Of course, that still doesn’t mean that they will succeed in any of these efforts. Instead, all it is proving that they are becoming rather desperate.