Democrats Float Trump's Disqualification Under Constitution

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    The Facts

    • Over the weekend, US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) argued that Donald Trump is in violation of section three of the 14th Amendment, which bars anyone who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion from serving in elected office.

    • This comes as Arizona's Democratic Sec. of State Adrian Fontes and New Hampshire's Republican Sec. of State David Scanlan revealed last week that they're figuring out what to do if Trump faces disqualification challenges.


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Democrats, the mainstream media, and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) have been preparing for this move for a long time. Terrified that the former president will defeat Biden despite efforts to convict him and damage his reputation, they're now hoping to strip voters of their right to choose from all candidates. This is a deeply undemocratic move, especially with the former president surging in the polls.

    Anti-Trump narrative

    Given that Trump engaged in an insurrection after knowing he lost the 2020 presidential election, breaking the oath of office he took in 2017, all 50 state secretaries of state must enforce the enshrined Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and keep him off the ballot. Some might say that voters should be the ones judging Trump, but the supreme law of the land clearly states that only presidents who follow their constitutional oath are eligible on the ballot.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 9% chance that Donald Trump will be removed or blocked from the ballot of any U.S. state for a federal office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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