A group of 40 House Democrats has proposed legislation that would prevent former President Trump from holding public office again under the 14th Amendment.
Rep. David Cicilline, D.R.I., one of the House Democrats who led the second impeachment attempt against Trump, introduced legislation Thursday with 40 Democratic co-sponsors that would invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to prevent Trump from returning to the White House, or hold another office.
The amendment reads: “No person shall … hold any office, civil or military, under the United States … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress or as an officer of the United States … the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in an insurrection or rebellion against them, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Democrats argue that this language — adopted in the 1860s to prevent former Confederates from occupying positions in the federal government after the Civil War — should be applied to Trump, who they say incited a rebellion against the United States on January 6, 2021.
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“Donald Trump very clearly engaged in an uprising on January 6, 2021 with the intent to overturn the lawful and fair results of the 2020 election. You should not run a government that sought to destroy you,” Cicilline said in a statement.
“Even [Senate Republican leader] Mitch McConnell admits Trump has responsibility, saying on the Senate floor that “[t]there is no doubt that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” he argued. and under Section 5, Congress has the authority to pass legislation to implement this prohibition.”
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Democrats say their legislation “describes testimonials and evidence” collected by the Select Committee on the Jan. 6 riot and reports on the day’s events to show that Trump helped plan and encourage an uprising to defeat the lawful results of to undo the 2020 presidential election.
Last month, Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2024 in Palm Beach, Florida. Speaking to supporters gathered at his Mar-a-Lago residence, Trump hammered on President Biden’s record, declaring, “America’s comeback begins now.”
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He didn’t name his two separate impeachment proceedingsfirst for allegedly using U.S. foreign aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family, and the second for his role in the January 6 riot, but he billed himself as a “victim” of the “festering rot and corruption of Washington DC”
Since announcing his third White House nomination, Trump has run a relatively unremarkable campaign, primarily on his social media website Truth Social. He has not appeared at any public campaign events, nor has he traveled outside of his home state of Florida.
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It is unclear whether Democratic leaders will schedule a vote on Cicilline’s bill before the current legislature ends. If they don’t, the bill is dead, as Republicans will have a majority in the House in January.