Trump’s eligibility for the 2024 presidential run is under fire as some suggest he violated the 14th Amendment, but the former president has disputed these comments in a fiery post on his Truth Social app.
Barred from Power
Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at claims that the 14th Amendment could bar him from running for the presidency again.
Taking to his Truth Social platform, Trump wrote that “Almost all” legal scholars had dismissed the idea that the 14th Amendment could have any bearing on the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election.
Trump accused the “Radical Left Communists, Marxists, and Fascists” of using the 14th Amendment as another trick to steal the election, insisting that it’s all part of a scheme to undermine free and fair elections.
“MOST INCOMPETENT, MOST CORRUPT”
He went on to criticize his opponent, Joe Biden, labeling him the “WORST, MOST INCOMPETENT, & MOST CORRUPT President in US history.”
Trump concluded his post with the resounding slogan, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Sunday saw Democratic senator Tim Kaine from Virginia enter the fray with an anti-Trump agenda.
Kaine argued that there could be a legal case to use the 14th Amendment to remove Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot.
Attack on the Capitol
He pointed to Trump’s involvement in the events surrounding the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as evidence.
Kaine contended that the Capitol attack had a specific purpose: to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power as outlined in the Constitution.
He maintained that there was a compelling argument to be made in favor of using the 14th Amendment in this way, “So I think there is a powerful argument to be made,” before making another point.
Actions Make Him Ineligible
Kaine suggested that using the 14th Amendment might have been a more productive approach than the second impeachment.
Kaine is not alone in his views, as more voices join the chorus of those questioning Trump’s eligibility.
Retired conservative federal judge J. Michael Luttig and Harvard Law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe penned an article in The Atlantic last month that could have far-reaching implications.
“Betray Their Oaths to the Constitution”
They also argued there is no doubt that the Constitution stops Trump from ever being president again, irrespective of any criminal or impeachment proceedings.
According to Luttig and Tribe, the disqualification clause of the 14th Amendment is triggered as soon as the person betrays their oaths to the Constitution, “The clause was designed to operate directly and immediately upon those who betray their oaths to the Constitution.”
The scholars contended that the clause applies to those who seek to overturn the government, “whether by taking up arms to overturn our government or by waging war on our government by attempting to overturn a presidential election through a bloodless coup.”
With legal experts on both sides of the argument and a former president adamant about his eligibility, a legal standoff of unprecedented proportions is unfolding.
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