Representative David Cicilline, backed by 40 other House Democrats, introduced legislation citing a Civil War-era provision in the 14th Amendment to bar Donald Trump from ever holding public office.
Cicilline put forth HR 9578 which seeks to deem Trump “ineligible to again hold the office of President of the United States or to hold any office, civil or military, under the United States.”
Forty Democrat co-sponsors have signed on to the bill. Oddly enough, only one original member of the Squad – Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is a co-sponsor.
“Donald Trump very clearly engaged in an insurrection on January 6, 2021 with the intention of overturning the lawful and fair results of the 2020 election,” Cicilline said in a statement without evidence. “You don’t get to lead a government you tried to destroy.”
Over 40 House Democrats have introduced a bill to stop Donald Trump from being President again. “Donald Trump very clearly engaged in an insurrection on January 6,” said Rep. David Cicilline D-RI. “You don’t get to lead a government you tried to destroy.” https://t.co/ECqh9xeM58 pic.twitter.com/izM4K4wOTO
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) December 16, 2022
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Cicilline sent out a letter to colleagues just a few weeks ago, outlining a bill and requesting co-sponsors for the measure that “would prevent Donald Trump from holding public office again under the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Surprised to see he didn’t track down outgoing Republican lawmakers Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney to join the effort.
What he did do, however, was utilize another useful GOP idiot for the Democrats – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Cicilline used the Republican senator’s own words to suggest Trump was responsible for a small portion of his supporters – that he urged to protest ‘peacefully‘ – getting out of control, and thus fomenting an insurrection.
“Even Mitch McConnell admits that Trump bears responsibility,” Cicilline said, “saying on the Senate floor that ‘[t]here’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.'”
Sen. Mitch McConnell: “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.” pic.twitter.com/MFsRBgGF9x
— The Hill (@thehill) February 13, 2021
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No question he is responsible, eh?
But there is a question as to how Trump’s speech equates to being liable for the actions of others.
Trump was not even at the site of the riot and as such, could not be charged for actions engaged in at the Capitol.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment is a rarely cited Civil War-era provision that bars individuals from holding office if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” or “given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
In other words, mostly high-ranking Confederates.
Trump was impeached in January 2021 on the charge of “incitement of insurrection,” but was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
Acquitted. End of discussion. This thing would be laughed out of the courts in record time.
All hell is going to break loose if they pass this.
House Democrats introduce legislation to bar Trump from office under 14th Amendment https://t.co/6RdxsI5C6g
— Will 🇺🇸 🍢 (@NoLeftTurns) December 16, 2022
Not to mention the dangerous precedent such legislation would open the floodgates to. After all, Democrats themselves have objected to electoral proceedings in numerous past elections:
- 15 Democrats objected to counting Florida’s electoral votes in 2000.
- 31 Democrats voted in favor of rejecting electoral votes from Ohio in 2004.
- 7 different Democrats objected 11 times to certifying the results of the 2016 presidential election.
With all of that, Democrats would have to schedule a vote on Cicilline’s bill before the legislative calendar comes to a close next week. With a GOP-controlled House set to take over in January, the 14th Amendment gambit seems likely to die.
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The Democrats intend to frame Trump.
They intend to frame Trump. It’s all set up. The Democrats see Trump as the one person that prevents them from creating a one-party country.
This is called a bill of attainder which is unconstitutional. The constitution specifically bars bills of attainde which are punishment aimed at a specific person without a trial. Here’s comment from the US Supreme Court about one such: “The prohibition embodied in this clause is not to be narrowly construed in the context of traditional forms but is to be interpreted in accordance with the designs of the framers so as to preclude trial by legislature, which would violate the separation of powers. The clause thus prohibits all legislative acts, “no matter what their form, that apply either to named individuals or to easily ascertainable members of a group in such a way as to inflict punishment on them without a judicial trial. . . .”
As I recall, Prez Trump was already Acquitted of Insurrection impeachment charges in 2021. I will also remind everyone that the ‘Confederates’ were Democrats, and still are. Nonw of them should be allowed to hold any Govt office.
Great points, Rusty..
A Hail Mary from the outgoing majority party surprises no one.
Blow it out ur butt hole, Cissy!
Mitch McConnell what question make you think Trump is responsible for jan 6th?? When you are more guilty than him! You see Mitch you FAILED AMERICA PEOPLE! So just as Every Democrat and republican who fail to FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION LAWS! Should I explain how you are guilty? Let me start back in 2008! First years of Obama! Don’t sweat! Because you know he was NOT AN NATURAL BORN AMERICA! What did you do ?? NOTHING ! Any person with a brain know by law you get your social security card from same STATE YOU WERE BORN IN! I could go on from here until today! You would had HANG IF FOUNDING FATHER WERE HERE TODAY! Just as every Democrat politician that support the ANTIFA AND BLM OVER THE SUMMER! NOW THAT WAS A REAL INSURRECTION! But you did NOTHING! JUST ALL TALK! Then you turn around and help DEMOCRAT PASS A LAWS THAT NOT ONE AMERICAN CITIZEN AGREE WITH! What or where the proof on January 6th? As far as any person that was video it, they are the ones who were arrested on a phony charge! This was ALL ON NANCY PELOSI AND THE MAYOR OF DC! Nothing but a big corrupt congress is all that in DC! Everyone need to be FIRED! You all failed to follow the CONSTITUTION LAWS! Here another if you think you can use the 14th amendment against Trump! Section three also talk about “AIDING” the enemy! Well Mitch were the CHARGE AGAINST OBAMA ? HILLARY? KERRY? BIDEN? These democrats DID “AID” THE ENEMIES OF AMERICA! oh, you going to claim leading our military equipment behind for ISIS as not “AIDING” the JV TERRORISTS GROUP? How about BIDEN LEADING ALL THAT MILITARY EQUIPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN? HILLARY SELLING URANIUM TO RUSSIA? KERRY ORDER A PALLET OF CASH TO IRAN??? Every thing was “AIDING” the ENEMIES OF AMERICA!
This is THE reason the word “insurrection” has been used from Day One; words have legal meaning. This way there is no room for any legal interpretation in Court.
True dat. Folks walking around looking at the inside of the building, posing for selfies, no weapons in sight, walking in and later walking out. And then the Dems labeling that an insurrection. Should it have happened? No. Was it an insurrection? Not even close. I am surprised they haven’t tried to impeach him again, since it has been more than 10 minutes since the last impeachment.
Maybe gays like Representative David Cicilline should be banned from holding any elected office, Federal, State, County, City or school board, since their views are extremely biased.