The far-left Huffington Post just published a report claiming that former President Donald Trump may need the help of the U.S. Supreme Court to save his 2024 chances.
Normally, we would not be citing an outlet like the Huffington Post. The title of its report explains why. It reads, Trump may need Supreme Court to say his coup attempt does not violate Constitution.
When one filters out all of the bias, however, there are some legitimate ideas that need to be taken into consideration.
This all relates to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protest, and the ways that the Democrats continue to try to use what happened on that day against Trump.
We all have seen how the Democrats have been using America's criminal justice system to go after Trump, a stratagem that Trump and supporters have referred to as "election interference." One of those four indictments brought against Trump, by special counsel Jack Smith, regards Jan. 6, 2021.
But, the Democrats, for some time now, have been pushing another idea to use the events of Jan. 6, 2021, to stop Trump from winning - or even running - in 2024. The idea is to invoke the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution to disqualify Trump.
The relevant part of the Amendment, namely Section 3, states:
No person shall . . . hold any office . . . under the United States . . .who, having previously taken an oath . . . as an officer of the United States . . . 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.
Many Democrats are making the argument that Trump is disqualified under this provision.
The argument is that, on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump "engaged in insurrection;" The Fourteenth Amendment disqualifies presidents who "engaged in insurrection" from holding office again; therefore, Trump is disqualified from holding office again.
The argument may sound ridiculous, but there are currently real attempts to use it to stop Trump from running in 2024.
ABC News reports:
Efforts to keep former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot under the 14th Amendment are gaining momentum as election officials in key states are preparing for or starting to respond to legal challenges to Trump's candidacy.
This is where the U.S. Supreme Court comes in. In the not-too-distant future, assuming that state Democrats invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to keep Trump from running in 2024, the justices may be asked to rule on whether the Fourteenth Amendment disqualifies Trump from seeking reelection.
This, of course, will depend on whether Trump's actions really do constitute an "insurrection," as the Democrats claim. Legal experts, including renowned criminal defense attorney and constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz - a self-proclaimed liberal - have called such arguments absurd.
The question is whether the U.S. Supreme Court would agree with the likes of Dershowitz. And, this is where Trump's three appointments may come in handy. If the court was still dominated by liberals, then Trump really might get disqualified under the Fourteenth Amendment. But, with the court's conservative majority, this is unlikely to happen.