House Dems file bill to disqualify Trump from being president again

House Democrats have made no secret of their intent to find some way to legally bar former President Donald Trump from ever serving in the White House again.

The latest effort involves legislation filed by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) which states that Trump is disqualified from holding any public office under a provision of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Daily Wire reported.

Given that Democrats only control the House for a few more weeks before Republicans take over, it seems highly unlikely that this exceptionally partisan bill has any real chance of being passed into law.

Effort to disqualify Trump from holding office

In a press release on Thursday, Rep. Cicilline announced that 40 other House Democrats had signed on as co-sponsors of his bill to formally disqualify former President Trump from ever holding office again due to his alleged role in inciting the “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.

The Rhode Island congressman cited Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which reads in the relevant part: “No person shall … hold any office, civil or military, under the United States … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or 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.”

Cicilline said in a statement, “Donald Trump very clearly engaged in an insurrection on January 6, 2021, with the intention of overturning the lawful and fair results of the 2020 election. You don’t get to lead a government you tried to destroy.”

“Even [Senate Republican Leader] Mitch McConnell admits that Trump bears responsibility, saying on the Senate floor that ‘[t]here’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,'” he continued.

The congressman added, “The 14th Amendment makes clear that based on his past behavior, Donald Trump is disqualified from ever holding federal office again and, under Section 5, Congress has the power to pass legislation to implement this prohibition.”

Indeed, Section 5 of the 14th Amendment states: “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

More of an indictment than actual legislation

Rep. Cicilline serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and was an impeachment manager for one of the two failed attempts by House Democrats to have former President Trump removed from office prior to the conclusion of his term.

That is readily apparent when perusing the congressman’s 28-page bill, which reads far more like an indictment or articles of impeachment than standard legislation.

In fact, the vast majority of the bill is comprised of alleged evidence and events that occurred before and after the 2020 election, to include Jan. 6, that purports to show that Trump knowingly plotted to deceive the American people and overturn the results of a lawful election that he knew he had lost in a fair manner.

Pointless bill with no chance of passing

As noted, House Democrats only hold control over the lower chamber of Congress until the new session begins on Jan. 3, 2023, and there is very little chance that the incoming House Republican majority will give this legislation from Cicilline any real consideration whatsoever.

In other words, like so many of the myriad prior efforts by Democrats to punish Trump or keep him out of office, this is just another messaging bill with no hope of success intended merely for show and to satisfy the party’s Trump-hating base of support.

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