House Oversight Ranking Member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) is insisting that former President Donald Trump should be barred from running for office in 2024 over the January 6 protest.
Raskin, while speaking Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” falsely claimed that Trump participated in insurrection during the January 6 protest. The lawmaker noted that the Constitution disqualifies Trump from running for office on that ground.
“The hard question is not should the courts end up deciding because the courts will have to decide this because it’s a Constitutional question,” Raskin said. “The hard part is, did he engage in insurrection or rebellion? That’s the hard part for some people. Is incitement to insurrection participating in insurrection? The House of Representatives already impeached him for inciting insurrection… It’s not enough to show that it happened. And you know, against that, I would simply say, the language of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment says that you can’t run for office if you have sworn an oath to the Constitution, but then you participated in insurrection rebellion. It doesn’t say if you have been convicted of insurrection or rebellion. But I think that that will become really the heart of the legal argument Donald Trump tried to overthrow Constitutional democracy. And the Constitution has a mechanism for dealing with that which is a very strongly pro-democratic mechanism. It says this is a big country. a lot of people can be president. You don’t have to go back to somebody who has already proven himself to be untrustworthy by being disloyal to the Constitution and trying to overthrow the constitutional order.”
.@RepRaskin on judge hearing arguments on Trump election disqualification: "If someone showed up trying to run for president at 19 years old, their answer wouldn't be, well let's let the voters decide. They would say let's consult the Constitution…" #TheReidOut pic.twitter.com/y69BTGpwgz
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) October 31, 2023
Raskin’s comments come as efforts are being made in a Denver District Court to get Trump kicked off the 2024 ballot. The challenge to Trump’s 2024 eligibility claims that the former president can not run for office based on provisions of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which bars insurrectionists from holding office.
WATCH: In a blatant attempt to interfere in the 2024 presidential election, Eric Olson, attorney for the petitioners in the #Colorado 14th Amendment lawsuit filed against President @realDonaldTrump, claims that Trump has no right be President and that the Constitution denies him… pic.twitter.com/XV05wg4HFv
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 30, 2023
Scott Gessler —a former Colorado secretary of state and part of Trump’s team—, cited Eugene v. Debs, where a socialist politician ran for president despite being imprisoned for sedition because he discouraged military recruitment during World War I.
🚨BREAKING: I'm honored to announce I will be serving as a fact witness for President Trump's defense in the 14th Amendment removal sham trial in Colorado.
I was at the doors on January 6, face to face with protestors, and I know firsthand there was NO INSURRECTION.
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 31, 2023
“When there are many definitions of insurrection, that really means there are none,” Gessler said. “… Frankly, they’re making up the standards so it fits the facts of January 6.”
The media hardly covers it but on Friday a federal judge in New Hampshire dismissed a 14th Amendment challenge by Dems seeking to keep Trump off the ballot & prevent him from running for President. Weaponized prosecutors & spurious lawsuits are being misused to stop Trump from…
— Rod Blagojevich (@realBlagojevich) October 31, 2023
A similar case was made before a federal court in New Hampshire. The case was, however, dismissed after the court ruled that the claims could not be decided by legal principles or by a court of justice.