Trump Disqualified From 2024 Race?

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( – Civil rights organizations, Mi Familia Vota and Free Speech For People are planning on having campaigns to convince the secretaries of state in four key states from allowing former president Donald Trump to be on the 2024 ballots.

The groups have pointed out that under the 14th Amendment, secretaries of state have the right to block Trump from appearing on the ballot because of his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. As part of the campaign, they are planning on hosting rallies and having banner drops outside the secretaries of state offices in California, Colorado, Georgia, and Oregon.

This is not the first attempt made by the two groups to have Trump blocked from appearing on the ballots. Previously in a letter to Nevada Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar, they had pushed for Trump to be disqualified under the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause. As the executive director of Mi Familia Vota, Héctor Sánchez pointed out their focus is on those five states currently.

The groups have named their campaign “Trump is Disqualified.”  The 14th Amendment, which these attempts are based on, is about to reach its 155th anniversary.

However, when it comes to Trump being disqualified in connection to his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, under the 14th Amendment’s section 3, it is important to point out that Trump is still under investigation and his exact role in the events has not yet been determined.
Still, the group argues that the definition given by the clause does fit Trump’s case, as the cause specifically prevents any people who had been previously sworn into office from engaging in an insurrection or rebellion. The Congressional Research Service has pointed out that being president is not explicitly mentioned in the section and whether Jan. 6 qualifies as an insurrection or a rebellion has not been determined.

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