Former President Donald Trump announces he is running for president for the third time as he smiles while speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 15, 2022.

After the Capitol riot, some suggested the 14th Amendment could bar Trump from future office.
Interest in the possibility was renewed after Trump announced plans to run for president in 2024.
Legal scholars disagree about how, if at all, the bill could be applied in Trump’s case.

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In the wake of the Capitol siege on January 6, 2021, some US lawmakers called for former President Donald Trump and some of their congressional colleagues to be removed from office or prevented from holding office again — and invoking the 14th Amendment was being floated as one way to go about it.

Trump on Tuesday announced plans to run for president in 2024, which would mark his third consecutive presidential run, ignoring those on the right who have blamed him for the GOP’s disappointing performance in the midterm elections.

The announcement has renewed interest in whether or not the 14th Amendment could be used to prevent Trump from running again.

Adopted in 1868, the 14th Amendment is known mostly for granting citizenship rights and equal protection under the law to anyone born or naturalized in the US, including Black people and those formerly enslaved.

The amendment nullified the 1857 Supreme Court decision Dred Scott v. Sandford, which held that people of African descent could not be US citizens.

One section of the amendment, however, blocks someone from holding office who, having previously made an oath to the Constitution, has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the US.

Originally designed to prevent Confederates from serving in public office, it could prevent Trump from running again

The intent at the time was to influence the government in the South by barring Confederates from serving in public office after the Civil War. “The idea was that office holders of the United States will not be people who were treasonous to the United States,” Doron Kalir, a professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, told Insider.

Here’s the full text of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Here’s how the 14th Amendment could be used to prevent Trump from running for president in 2024

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