Some Dems are using the anniversary of the Jan 6 riot to launch efforts to win the 2022 elections by attempting to disqualify GOP members who supported the efforts to challenge the election results of 2020 as “insurrectionists.”
The effort, headed up by Marc Elias, is trying to use a post-Civil War provision in the 14th Amendment that was created to disqualify any former Confederates or those who “participated in rebellion or insurrection, or given comfort or support to the enemies” from campaigning and holding federal office. Marc Elias has pushed this effort for months:
"No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress…who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."-US Constitution
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) August 7, 2021
My prediction for 2022: Before the midterm election, we will have a serious discussion about whether individual Republican House Members are disqualified by Section 3 of the 14th Amendment from serving in Congress.
We may even see litigation. pic.twitter.com/pF7P2fw0kn
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) December 21, 2021
Elias is the top election lawyer for the Dem Party countrywide and has worked with party leaders closely.
Liberal groups are also following suit. In a media statement this week, they said:
Nonprofit organizations Free Speech For The People and Our Revolution today have announced a partnership to urge all Secretaries of State to ban any elected officials who engaged in the Jan 6, 2021 insurrection from being on any future ballot.
“Secretaries of State have a duty to make sure that candidates who seek to run for election in their state meet the constitutional qualifications to serve in public office,” said Alexandra Flores-Quilty, “Anyone who violated the oath of office by participating in the violent Jan 6th insurrection doesn’t meet these terms. Thus, we’re urging election officials to make it clear that insurrectionists such as Pres. Trump and his Congressional allies are banned from ever again holding office, which is required under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Anyone who aided Pres. Donald Trump’s team in encouraging these challenges to the 2020 election results in Congress is defined as having “participated” in the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to the coalition.
Some Dems have already demanded the disqualification of GOP members who merely signed legal briefs supporting the election challenges in court. Jonathan Turley, Liberal constitutional scholar, who is against the disqualification effort, noted that recently, the U.S. vehemently opposes similar efforts in other nations, such as Iran.
Moreover, as has been revealed repeatedly, many Dems have objected to certifying election results in the past, and Elias himself has led the Dems’ effort to plant the idea that Donald Trump’s election in 2016 was an illegitimate one because of “Russia collusion.”
Going by the Dems’ new standards, many of their own — including Pres. Biden — would also be disqualified.
Author: Scott Dowdy