A group of 40 House Democrats, led by Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.), on Thursday, introduced legislation that would block former President Trump from seeking a third term in office under the 14th Amendment.
According to section 3 of the amendment, no one who had previously taken an oath to serve the constitution who had been a part of an “insurrection or rebellion” called “hold any office, civil or military, under the United States.”
Cicilline stated in the release that came along with the legislation that Trump had “very clearly” engaged in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, and he had been fully intent on overturning the results of the 2020 election. He added that it is not an option for him to “lead a government you tried to destroy.”
Outside of the bill, the release also has testimonies and evidence that show clearly how Trump had engaged in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The bill specifically attests to Trump’s encouragement of violence on the day, as well as his attempt to intimidate both state and federal officials who had refused to support his claims that the elections had been stolen. He had also not denounced the mob that had attacked the Capitol until hours had passed.