We can still use the 14th Amendment against Donald Trump

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In the event that impeachment of Donald Trump fails due to Republicans still being in the grip of Trumpism and the lure of the 74+ million votes garnered by Trump in the November elections, do not despair. There is still one tool available to Democrats, and that is the 14th amendment, section 3, which reads:

“No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”


What Donald Trump did on January 6th was to engage in and encourage insurrection against the People and the government of the United States. Invoking the 14th amendment, section 3 will permanently bar Trump from ever again holding office. A simple Democratic majority vote by the House and Senate should be enough to do the job. If you’re interested in the details, read this excellent article the LawFare Blog.

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