Rep. Jamie Raskin vows to bring legislation barring Trump from the ballot

 March 5, 2024

Democrats are still pushing to have Donald Trump taken off the ballot even after the Supreme Court delivered a crushing, 9-0 rebuke of such efforts in a historic ruling Monday. 

Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told CNN he will push legislation targeting Trump after the Supreme Court said an act of Congress was needed to enforce an obscure clause of the Fourteenth Amendment banning "insurrectionists" from federal office.

Democrats reject SCOTUS ruling

Raskin made a valiant effort to spin Trump's victory as a loss.

According to Raskin, the Supreme Court did not actually "disagree" with a ruling that it overturned from the Colorado Supreme Court.

"The court didn’t exactly disagree with it. They just said that they’re not the ones to figure it out. It’s not going to be a matter for judicial resolution under Section Three of the 14th Amendment, but it’s up to Congress to enforce it," he said.

Raskin noted that the justices glossed over whether Trump engaged in "insurrection." The court instead addressed the legal mechanism for enforcing the so-called insurrection ban.

"The Supreme Court punted and said, it’s up to Congress to act," he added.

Raskin said he will re-introduce legislation formally blocking Trump from office. But he appeared to acknowledge the uphill climb in getting it past the Republican-controlled House.

"The question is whether speaker Mike Johnson would allow us to bring this to the floor of the House?” he asked.

Supreme Court's crushing rebuke

Raskin went on to whine that the Supreme Court ducked its duty to enforce the "clear textualist meaning" of the 14th Amendment.

In fact, the court was clear in its finding that the 14th Amendment's language speaks "only to enforcement by Congress," rather than individual states.

The court further noted the "chaos" that is likely to result from "patchwork" enforcement across the nation.

"The disruption would be all the more acute—and could nullify the votes of millions and change the election result—if Section 3 enforcement were attempted after the Nation has voted. Nothing in the Constitution requires that we endure such chaos—arriving at any time or different times, up to and
perhaps beyond the Inauguration," they wrote.

Absurdly enough, Democrats have framed their effort to kick Trump off the ballot as pro-"democracy."

It appears Democrats will just have to beat Trump at the ballot box - that is, the democratic way.

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