These people just won’t learn their lesson, will they? Over the past year, there have been plenty of examples demonstrating that Democrats’ obsession with former President Donald Trump will eventually contribute to their undoing in November.
But, they just can’t quit him.
The anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021’s riot at U.S. Capitol Building has come to an end and Democrats, along with their friends and associates in activist media, have begun looking for new ways to attack Republicans. But a recent report from The Hill revealed That “a handful of Democrats, constitutional scholars and pro-democracy advocates” are seeking to use a post-Civil War amendment to prevent Trump from ever holding public office again.
“Calls for Congress to take steps to strip Trump of his eligibility, which reached a crescendo in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot, have since decreased,” according to The Hill. “But those who remain engaged on the issue say discussions about applying Section 3 of the 14th Amendment have been ongoing.”
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional expert at Harvard Law School, told The Hill that “the idea” of barring Trump from public office “has waxed and waned.” He said:
“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.”
The Hill conducted an analysis that found about 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.”
Jamie Raskin (D.Md.), who was the House manager under President Trump’s second impeachment attempt, claimed that Trump incited the riot. He has led the fight to stop him holding the office. He claimed the former president was “right in the bullseye middle of [the group who rioted].”
In February of last year, Raskin told ABC News that “[t]he point is that the constitutional purpose is clear, to keep people exactly like Donald Trump and other traitors to the union from holding public office.”
But, it is still a matter of debate whether Democrats should use Section 3 in order to attack Trump.
Most constitutional scholars who spoke to The Hill think the provision is not “self-executing.” In practical terms, that means applying Section 3 to Trump would require an additional step by lawmakers to make the 14th Amendment operative.
According to some scholars, Congress might be able to act by itself, with the simple majority present in each chamber, in order for Trump’s insurrection to be stopped. That would violate the constitution provision. Under the 14th Amendment, restoring Trump’s eligibility would then require a supermajority vote.
Others, such as Tribe of Harvard say Congress should go even further. This could be done by creating a neutral fact finding body that will determine if Trump insurrectioned under Section 3 or by assigning this fact-finding function to a federal judge.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), last year proposed a bill that would permit the attorney general try to persuade three-judge panels that former president had violated the provision. He should therefore not be allowed to run again. To stop Trump’s reelection, leftist organizations and activists are trying to get help from outsiders. Free Speech For People, a supposedly free democracy organization, has started a campaign to get state election officials to use the 14th Amendment against Trump if he runs again. This would stop Trump’s name from appearing on the ballot.
But, it is the states that will decide whether the 14th Amendment should be used against Trump. It would most likely not. The reality of this does not seem like it will deter the group. John Bonifaz, the organization’s president, told The Hill that his group would file legal action against states refusing to comply with its request. “So if a secretary of state does not follow the mandate of Section 3, the 14th Amendment, we will bring this matter in court,” he said.
None of these attempts will be successful. Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see this is a futile, if not desperate, measure being pursued by people who check under their beds each night before they go to sleep to make sure the Orange Man isn’t there to get them.
This is yet another tactic the left uses to try to use the Jan. 6 Riot. It shows that these people are determined to find ways to make the event a political tool. Even though this tactic will surely fail, it bespeaks a recognition on the part of the Democrats that they do not have much hope for winning in November — and it also demonstrates they have not yet figured out that making Trump their focal point is going to blow up in their faces.