Democrats have been wailing and gnashing their teeth about former President Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was rigged. Now, they are responding by trying to rig the 2024 election. Six voters in Colorado have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Denver to disqualify the former president from being included on the ballot if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.
This move is part of a larger push to use Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to keep Trump from winning the presidency.
Six voters in Colorado filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s election ballots because of his role in the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
Their suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Denver, contends that Trump should be disqualified from running in future elections under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that no person shall hold any office if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” after having taken an oath to support the Constitution.
The group called on the court to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot and declare that it would be “improper” and “a breach or neglect of duty” for Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, to allow his name to appear on any future primary or general election ballots.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and several law firms filed the lawsuit on behalf of the six voters — four Republicans and two unaffiliated.
This news comes just after a federal judge slapped down a similar lawsuit filed in Florida by an attorney. She dismissed the case, noting that the plaintiff “lacked standing” to file it in the first place.
The plan is to keep Trump’s name off the ballot in as many states as possible using a 14th Amendment provision prohibiting people from holding office if they were involved in starting a rebellion or insurrection against the United States government. It was originally established to prevent former Confederate officials from gaining seats after the Civil War was concluded. The plaintiffs in this case argued that Trump engaged in similar behavior by supposedly inciting the J6 riot.
Their 115-page lawsuit argues that Trump violated his oath of office by inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The group included findings on Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results that were revealed by the House Jan. 6 committee, which dissolved in January after having concluded a lengthy investigation into the riot, as well as from special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation that led to one of the four criminal indictments against the former president.
“President Trump was the mob’s leader, and the mob was his weapon. The mob traveled from throughout the country to Washington because the President summoned them there,” the lawsuit argued. “He instructed the mob to march on the Capitol and they complied. Many in the mob left the Capitol grounds only when, after hours of violence against police officers and interference with Congress’s constitutionally-mandated duties, Trump belatedly told them to leave.”
As I’ve pointed out before, the use of this strategy is rather curious, given the fact that these people routinely lambast anyone who dares to suggest that the outcome of the 2020 election was less than kosher. Now, they are trying to influence the result of the upcoming election by using the Constitution to remove a political opponent instead of allowing the American people to decide which candidate they want to serve as president. It appears their attitude in this regard is “Do as we say, not as we do.”