Leftist groups are now trying to use the Fourteenth Amendment to stop former President Donald Trump from becoming president again in 2024.
The effort, according to the Washington Examiner, is being led by two so-called civil rights groups: Mi Familia Vota and Free Speech for People.
Mia Familia Vota is a nonprofit organization whose target is the Latino community.
Its website states that its "mission is to build Latino political power by expanding the electorate, strengthening local infrastructures, and through year-round voter engagement."
Free Speech For People is another non-profit organization. It claims to be non-partisan, but, as will be demonstrated, there is reason to be skeptical about this.
Free Speech For People's website states that it:
. . . works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people. Founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People envisions a democratic process in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote.
According to the Examiner, both groups have now joined up to create the "Trump is Disqualified" campaign.
As the name of the campaign suggests, the point of it is to prevent Trump from becoming president again in 2024. To do this, the two groups invoke Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
No person shall . . . hold any office . . . 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.
The two groups are now trying to claim that Trump is disqualified from holding office again, under this provision of the Constitution, as a result of the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021.
Free Speech For People - the self-proclaimed "non-partisan" organization - states on its website:
On January 6, 2021, former President Donald Trump incited a violent insurrection, attacking Congress and our nation’s Capitol, in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Now, Trump has declared his candidacy for president again in 2024.
"But," the group continues, "because of his role in inciting, encouraging, and supporting the January 6th insurrection, Trump is constitutionally ineligible for any future run for office."
Free Speech For People and Mi Familia Vota go on to say that they are "urging Secretaries of State and chief election officials across the country to follow the mandate of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment and bar Trump from any future ballot."
They are asking people to sign a petition. And, it is expected that the groups will hold numerous events and rallies to push their "Trump is disqualified" campaign.