Left-wing Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who relentlessly promoted the Russian collusion hoax about former President Donald Trump, now says Trump should be disqualified from running in 2024 under the 14th Amendment.
Grasping the latest anti-Trump narrative, which some Republicans are also embracing, the California Democrat told MSNBC on Sunday, “If you engage in acts of insurrection or rebellion against the government, or you give aid and comfort to those who do, you are disqualified from running. It doesn’t require that you be convicted of insurrection. It just requires that you have engaged in these acts.”
“It’s a disqualification from holding office again, and it fits Donald Trump to a T,” he added.
State elections officials in New Hampshire, Arizona and Michigan are joining Schiff in considering to toss Trump off ballots in their states.
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But in Florida last week, a federal judge said no.
According to the Palm Beach Post on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg, an Obama appointee, dismissed a lawsuit, Boynton Beach attorney Lawrence Caplan and two others, that sought to bar Trump from the state’s ballot under the 14th Amendment.
The Post noted that Rosenberg did not specifically address the constitutional question.
But in arguably a bigger victory for Trump, the judge tossed the case because she said Caplan and his co-plaintiffs could not show they had been directly harmed by the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Rosenberg wrote that “the injuries alleged” by the plaintiffs “are not cognizable and not particular to them,” according to the Post.
The judge added that “an individual citizen does not have standing to challenge whether another individual is qualified to hold public office.”
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As then Tampa Free Press has previously reported, the 14th Amendment’s Disqualification Clause was aimed at former Confederates after the Civil War.
The amendment bans from public office anyone who “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion.”
Yet in 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law a bill that removed all the disqualification provisions applied to most former Confederates. Grant also directed federal prosecutors to drop charges against former Confederates and pardoned almost all former rebels.
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