New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan (R) is consulting with the state’s attorney general to determine if the 14th Amendment of the Constitution could keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot in 2024.
“Secretary Scanlan will be conferring with the New Hampshire Attorney General and other legal counsel on this issue; however, he believes any action taken under this Constitutional provision will have to be based on Judicial guidance,” Scanlan’s communications director Anna Sventek told ABC News on Friday.
New Hampshire attorney Bryant Messner, whom Trump endorsed in the state’s 2020 Senate race, apparently brought up the subject of the 14th amendment to Scanlan and has even said he will sue to ensure Scanlan enforces the 14th Amendment.
“I really don’t view myself as turning on Trump, as odd as that sounds,” Messner told ABC News. “I love this country. I’ve served this country. I’ve taken an oath to this country. My sons are serving right now and I believe someone’s got to step up to defend the Constitution.”
“Someone needs to take some action legally so this thing can get in front of the Supreme Court sooner rather than later to interpret this section,” he added.
Scanlan said the January 6 protest was “a really unfortunate event in our history” but said he couldn’t determine if it qualifies as an “insurrection.”
“I view the violence as being a really unfortunate event in our history,” he said. “I don’t know that I’m really qualified to say whether that was an ‘insurrection’ or not. I think that is for the courts to decide.”
With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?
As Infowars reported this week, media outlets such as The Atlantic were highlighting legal groups calling for Trump to be disqualified from the 2020 election using Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
“The disqualification clause operates independently of any such criminal proceedings and, indeed, also independently of impeachment proceedings and of congressional legislation,” wrote retired conservative federal judge J. Michael Luttig and Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe.
“The clause was designed to operate directly and immediately upon those who betray their oaths to the Constitution, whether by taking up arms to overturn our government or by waging war on our government by attempting to overturn a presidential election through a bloodless coup.”
This comes as Trump’s popularity has only skyrocketed since receiving four criminal indictments over the last several months ranging from his retention of classified documents to his effort to get to the bottom of election fraud in Georgia.
Of course, Trump didn’t participate in an “insurrection,” because the protest that devolved into an FBI-staged riot was not an armed insurrection to begin with.
Additionally, Trump did not encourage or incite violence in any way. Rather, he cautioned supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” protest at the Capitol to air their grievances about the rigged 2020 election.
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