Supreme Court Uses 14th Amendment Against Trump And MAGA?

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(TargetLiberty.org) – The issue of disqualifying public officials under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause has reached the Supreme Court, not just involving former President Donald Trump but also extending to other cases, such as that of a New Mexico county commissioner, Couy Griffin. Griffin, who was involved in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot and is the founder of Cowboys for Trump, was removed from office by a state judge for entering a restricted area during the disturbance. His case is now vying for the Supreme Court’s attention alongside Trump’s, with Griffin seeking an appeal.

The 14th Amendment was originally enacted post-Civil War to prevent former Confederates from holding office if they had violated their oath to uphold the Constitution by engaging in insurrection. This provision, though rarely invoked for many decades, has seen renewed relevance following the Capitol riot, with several officials, notably Trump, facing challenges to their eligibility to hold office under this clause.

While attempts to disqualify other officials, such as Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, and Scott Perry, have largely been unsuccessful, Trump’s case has seen some action with Colorado and Maine removing him from their Republican primary ballots, albeit temporarily as the Supreme Court’s decision is pending.

Griffin’s disqualification stands out because it has already been enforced, following a challenge by New Mexico voters. The Supreme Court now faces the task of considering Griffin’s appeal in the midst of deliberating on Trump’s eligibility, raising questions about the scope and enforcement of the 14th Amendment. This includes whether states have the authority to disqualify candidates for federal office under this amendment and if the actions on January 6 qualify as an insurrection.

The upcoming discussions and decisions by the Supreme Court on these cases could have significant implications for the interpretation and application of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause, potentially setting precedents for how such cases are handled in the future.

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