14th Amendment

Sourced from NPR website – Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Section 3, of the 14th Amendment, reads, as follows,

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.

This section of the 14th Amendment is getting an increasing level of airplay, in relation to Donald Trump. Prominent figures, such as law professor, Laurence Tribe, and former judge, J. Michael Luttig, are making a case that Trump should not be allowed to run for president, based on the 14th Amendment.

Precedent has already been set on this. Back last year, District Court Judge, Francis Mathew, ruled that the County Commissioner for Otero County, located in New Mexico, Couy Griffin (pictured above) could no longer hold office.

“He took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States … [and then] engaged in that insurrection after taking his oath.” 

Griffin was shocked at the ruling, stating,

“I don’t think it’s fair to accuse me of insurrection. I didn’t have any intent of being a part of an insurrection or a violent mob. My intent of going to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 was because I had concerns that our elections had been compromised.”

Griffin had previously made news headlines by failing to approve the election results, in Otero County. The State Supreme court had to step in and ordered the county to certify the result.

Will this get any traction? Most likely not. But this just adds another element to what will be the most mind-boggling federal election in US history.

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