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Discover the controversial legal tactic that might prevent Trump’s 2024 run! Dive into the 14th Amendment debate and its potential impact. Don’t miss this intriguing analysis!
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia expressed his belief that a compelling legal argument could be made to utilize the 14th Amendment to exclude former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot, citing Trump’s actions in relation to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Following the events of January 6, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of inciting insurrection during his efforts to overturn the election results. While he denied any wrongdoing, he faced bipartisan support for impeachment in the House and was later acquitted by the Senate.
Kaine, in an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” argued that the attack on the Capitol aimed to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, as outlined in the Constitution. He pointed to a specific section of the 14th Amendment which states that individuals who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States or provided aid to its enemies, after taking an oath to support the Constitution, are ineligible for future office unless granted amnesty by a two-thirds vote of Congress. Kaine suggested that this provision could apply to Trump, although similar efforts against other Republicans have not succeeded.
Notably, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign had previously referred to the potential use of the 14th Amendment as “blatant election interference.”
Kaine, a former vice presidential nominee, revealed that discussions among his congressional colleagues had considered using the 14th Amendment to remove Trump from office rather than pursuing a second impeachment after January 6. He believed it might have been a more productive approach at the time. However, he cautioned against placing all hope on this legal manoeuvre and suggested that the matter would likely be resolved through the courts. Kaine emphasized the importance of focusing on winning elections in 2024, starting with legislative races in his home state in 2023.
President Joe Biden recently directed the Democratic National Committee to invest $1.2 million in these state legislative races, aiming to support campaign staffing and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Kaine also criticized several 2024 Republican presidential contenders for pledging to vote for Trump even if he were convicted of a crime, describing them as lacking a moral compass. He emphasized the need for leaders with strong moral values.
When asked about recent polling indicating a close race between Trump and Biden, Kaine attributed it to the collective trauma experienced by Americans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in numerous deaths, job losses, and personal sacrifices. He highlighted the accomplishments of the Biden administration, including infrastructure investments, clean energy initiatives, job growth, and a resurgence of manufacturing in the United States.
Kaine suggested that the contrast between these accomplishments and news related to Trump’s ongoing legal challenges would work in favour of Democrats. He acknowledged the need for Democrats to improve their messaging and effectively communicate their achievements to secure Biden’s reelection.