CNN analysts predict ballot removal case against Rep. Greene will be dismissed

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is currently on trial as part of an effort by her political opponents to have her removed from the ballot and deemed disqualified for public office for allegedly inciting a violent “insurrection” against the United States.

According to CNN political analyst David Axelrod, though, the effort is highly unlikely to succeed and will probably be dismissed, Breitbart reported.

What’s more, the former Obama advisor predicted that Greene would ultimately benefit from the futile effort to bar her from Congress by way of strengthened support among her constituents and increased fundraising.

“Insurrection” and holding public office

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Greene took the stand Friday in a trial pushed by a purportedly nonpartisan group known as Free Speech For People that backed five voters in the congresswoman’s district.

The effort to have her disqualified from public office is based on a provision of the 14th Amendment, initially aimed at punishing former Confederate officers and officials after the Civil War, that specifically rules ineligible any previously elected individual who participated in an “insurrection” or “rebellion” against the U.S. government.

Greene is alleged by her detractors of being a knowing and willing participant in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in 2021, an event that Democrats and the media have hyperbolically labeled as an “insurrection.”

Greene will survive and be stronger than before

The ongoing trial was covered Friday evening on CNN‘s “Anderson Cooper 360” and Cooper asked chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Axelrod for their takes on how the first day had gone for Greene and the group seeking to bar her from future office.

Asked if the case would be successful, Toobin said, “No, I don’t. I think this is an embarrassment for Congresswoman Greene. But I think it’s extremely remote that she will be barred from Congress. This is a deeply obscure provision of the Constitution designed to keep Confederate veterans out of office. I don’t think there is basically any way she will be found to have violated this provision of the Constitution and kept out of office.”

Cooper then turned to Axelrod and asked him if he thought the trial would “just help her with her base?” Axelrod replied, “Yeah, I totally agree with Jeff’s analysis except for one point. He calls it an embarrassment to her. And perhaps it is to some, but for her, it’s an embarrassment of riches.”

“This only strengthens her with her base. She will play the victim, and she will end up on top because they will dismiss this case,” he added. “And meanwhile, she’ll raise a ton of money off of it, which is what she’s been doing from the beginning. She’s one of the most prolific fundraisers in the Republican Party because her antics are rewarded time and again. I don’t think this is going to be any different.”

Trying to save “democracy” through anti-democratic means

Axelrod later appeared to criticize the effort to prevent Greene from appearing on future ballots as being anti-democratic while acknowledging the strong likelihood that she will be re-elected in spite of the concerted attacks against her.

“But let me just say, Anderson, if I can, I agree with everything Jeffrey said, I — you know, I am not a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene, I am even less of a fan of insurrection, because I’m a big fan of democracy,” he said. “And so, I think we ought to be very, very careful about, you know, stepping on these fundamental principles of democracy, even as repugnant as some of her statements and actions have been.”

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