(NewsReady.com) – Former President Donald Trump is running for a second term in office. His 2020 election loss has not stopped him from trying to finish what he started. Now, two advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers are trying to prevent that from happening by using a surprising tactic.
On Friday, January 6, Free Speech for the People and Mi Familia Vota held a joint rally in Colorado. They asked Secretary of State Jena Griswold to ban Trump from the state’s ballots. The groups believe the former president should not be allowed to run in Colorado because of his alleged actions on January 6, 2021. The demands came after the now-disbanded House Select Committee recommended the Department of Justice file criminal charges against the 45th president.
According to The Hill, Mi Familia Vota CEO Héctor Sanchez Barba claimed the 14th Amendment bans anyone “who violates their oath of office is ineligible to run for higher office in the future.”
Grateful for everyone who showed up to our rally in Denver to tell the Colorado Secretary of State @JenaGriswold to use her power to enact Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to bar Trump from the ballot. We must protect voters, election officials, and free and fair elections. pic.twitter.com/RSAh9uLgun
— Mi Familia Vota (@MiFamiliaVota) January 6, 2023
Free Speech For People Campaign Director Alexandra Flores-Quilty cited the House Select Committee’s recommendation as proof the former president “engaged in a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election.” She also claimed the 14th Amendment’s Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause bars Trump from holding public office again. The clause was meant to prohibit Confederates from joining the US government after the Civil War.
The former president was acquitted of inciting an insurrection in his second impeachment trial. He has not been charged with any crimes related to the January 6 riot, nor has the DOJ indicated he will be charged, despite the January 6th committee making referrals in that regard.
The Colorado activists aren’t the only ones trying to disqualify Trump from office. In December, 40 House Democrats introduced a bill that would do exactly that, and they, too, cited the 14th Amendment. The bill is unlikely to go anywhere now that Republicans are in charge.
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