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.
Trump’s Fiery Response
Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at claims that the 14th Amendment could bar him from running for the presidency again.
Truth Social Outburst
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.
Allegations of Election Interference
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.
He went on to criticize his opponent, Joe Biden, labeling him the “WORST, MOST INCOMPETENT, & MOST CORRUPT President in US history.”
Defiant Rallying Cry
Trump concluded his post with the resounding slogan, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
A Democratic Challenge
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.
January 6th Attack Could Be The Key
He pointed to Trump’s involvement in the events surrounding the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as evidence.
Disrupting the Transfer of Power
Kaine contended that the Capitol attack had a specific purpose: to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power as outlined in the Constitution.
A Powerful Argument?
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.
More Than Just Impeachment
Kaine suggested that using the 14th Amendment might have been a more productive approach than the second impeachment.
A Growing Chorus of Voices
Kaine is not alone in his views, as more voices join the chorus of those questioning Trump’s eligibility.
Legal Scholars Weigh In
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.
Constitution Argument Rolls On
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.”
Overturning the Government
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.”
A Legal Standoff
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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