This week the state of Maine joined Colorado in finding that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment prohibits Donald Trump from running for president. Section Three of the Amendment states that “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military [who has] engaged in insurrection or rebellion.”
The language of the Amendment is clear and justifies declaring Trump ineligible to have his name on state primary ballots due to his documented participation in the insurrection in Washington, D.C., on January 6th, 2021. While the courts will continue to debate this matter, there is no question that Trump incited and supported the insurrection and the insurrectionists. He has said so himself, repeatedly.
Naturally, the MAGA Ministry of Propaganda, aka Fox News, is providing aid and comfort to Trump as he pursues his anti-American mission to install himself as America’s first dictator. In Friday morning’s episode of “Outnumbered,” guest co-host Cheryl Casone, a Fox Business anchor, shoveled a fresh heap of manure unto the pile with her denunciation of Maine’s Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows. It was Bellows who made the decision to nix Trump in compliance with the duties of her office and the Constitution. But Casone was appalled that Bellows used the pronoun “I” in her statement…
“I think it’s arrogant and it’s her. If you look at the statement that she put out, that she filed this motion and she’s defending her position, she says [emphasizing “I”] ‘I conclude that Mr. Trump used a false narrative of election fraud. I likewise conclude that Mr. Trump was aware of the likelihood for violence and at least initially supported its use.’ I mean, this is all about her. She’s out of her league, out of her lane.”
Apparently Casone couldn’t come up with a coherent legal argument to rebut Bellows, so she criticized her use of pronouns. Which is ironic considering how fervently Fox News and the MAGA cult have opposed what they regard as the “woke” culture that focuses too much on pronoun use. Bellows is the state official responsible for making this decision and she said so. Did Casone think that she should have said “they” or “it” made the decision? But Casone was just getting her criticism warmed up. She continued saying that…
“It’s definitely going to the Supreme Court. They’re going to strike this down. There’s no way they can’t legally. And by the way, that amendment that she’s citing in this – you mentioned how ludicrous it is – 1868 guys. This is when this was put in the Constitution.”
Fox Host says the Maine Secretary of State is arrogant and trying to make everything about herself because she used “I” in her statement pic.twitter.com/K4cqnl5Jrw
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 29, 2023
Setting aside Casone’s worthless predictions of what the Supreme Court may or may not do, her dismissal of the 14th Amendment is absurd in the extreme. She thinks that because it was ratified in 1868 that its legality has waned with age. Wait until she hears when the core Constitution was ratified. Does she also think that the Bill Rights is a passé list of technicalities that no longer have any legal relevance?
For the record, Bellows’ decision was a cogent interpretation of constitutional law. Her conclusions are in line with those of constitutional experts who span the spectrum of political ideologies, including the liberal Harvard Law professor emeritus, Lawrence Tribe, and the conservative former federal judge J. Michael Luttig, who co-authored a compelling article on the subject entitled, “The Constitution Prohibits Trump From Ever Being President Again.” Bellows concluded that…
“…the record establishes that Mr. Trump, over the course of several months and culminating on January 6, 2021, used a false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters and direct them to the Capitol to prevent certification of the 2020 election and the peaceful transfer of power. [and] was aware of the likelihood for violence and at least initially supported its use given he both encouraged it with incendiary rhetoric and took no timely action to stop it.” […]
“I do not reach this conclusion lightly. Democracy is sacred… I am mindful that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection.”
Trump’s legal and political problems are weighing heavily on him and his defenders in the Republican Party and on Fox News. The GOP had an opportunity to rid itself of Trump – twice – by simply removing him from office after one of his impeachments. They almost did the second time when a majority of senators (57), including seven Republicans, voted to oust Trump, but short of the two-thirds needed. If Republicans were smart (and they aren’t) they’d take this opportunity now to finally ditch Trump by supporting his removal from the ballot. But they won’t. Because IT’S A CULT!
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