Columnist: If Trump is kicked off the ballot then red states will remove Biden too

 February 14, 2024

Last week saw the Supreme Court hear arguments over whether former President Donald Trump can be kicked off the ballot in Colorado.

While leftists may want Trump barred from running, Dispatch columnist Nick Catoggio says they should be careful what they wish for. According to him, a ruling against Trump would lead to Biden being disqualified as well. 

Disqualifying Trump would cause "the gravest crisis of government legitimacy"

Catoggio made that argument in an article published this past Thursday, which began by reviewing the facts of Trump's case.

The author noted that Trump's candidacy is being challenged under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a provision known as the "Insurrection Clause." It states,

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, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Although similar efforts to remove Trump have been undertaken in other states, Catoggio believes that they will come to nothing.

"The Supreme Court won't trigger the gravest crisis of government legitimacy since the Civil War by kicking the presumptive Republican nominee off the ballot nine months before Election Day," he insisted.

Catoggio predicts that red state would use border crisis to remove Biden

Yet even if such a scenario were to occur, Catoggio contends that the White House's current occupant would quickly see his name being removed from ballots as well.

"Trump being disqualified from the ballot on 'insurrection' grounds would instantly trigger an effort in red states to disqualify Joe Biden for the same reason," the author declared.

Catoggio maintains that such a move would likely be justified in response to Biden's failure at securing America's southern border.

Indeed, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested as much in December, stating, "Could we just say Biden can't be on the ballot because he let in eight million illegals into the country and violated the Constitution, which he has?"

Democratic legitimacy would evaporate

This would create a situation in which "it would instantly become impossible for the outcome of the election to be seen as legitimate, regardless of who won."

As it stands, most polls show Trump winning the national popular vote, something no Republican nominee has done since 2004.

His disqualification is thus likely to spark "chatter in red-state legislatures about seceding, reasoning that a country that would bar its people from electing a candidate whom a near-majority supports is no longer meaningfully a democracy."

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