(DCWatchdog.com) – Donald Trump’s quest to reclaim the White House in 2024 has come under a new line of attack from leftists and anti-Trump conservatives who claim he can’t run because he engaged in an “insurrection” and is therefore barred by a clause within the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Over the weekend, one of Trump’s rivals for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, joined several legal scholars arguing the former president should be excluded from running for federal office due to his role in the January 6, 2021 events at the US Capitol, which they view as “insurrection.”
You can watch a video of Hutchinson’s remarks at the conclusion of this post.
“I’m not even sure he’s qualified to be the next president of the United States. And so you can’t be asking us to support somebody that’s not perhaps even qualified under our Constitution. And I’m referring to the 14th Amendment. A number of legal scholars said that he is disqualified because of his actions on January 6,” Hutchinson told the CNN program “State of the Union.”
When asked whether he would have state officials leave Trump off the ballot based on the Fourteenth Amendment, the former Arkansas governor said there would have to be a lawsuit and a court declaration “that the former president engaged in insurrection and that would disqualify him.”
“The other way would be that if a specific state made that determination on their own, then that would put the burden on someone else challenging that. Either way, it winds up in court for a specific finding but I expect those lawsuits to be filed. I expect some states to take that action… It’s a serious jeopardy for Donald Trump under our Constitution,” Hutchinson elaborated.
Former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich has argued Trump should be disqualified from the election under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that former holders of public office who “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” are barred from public office.
His view was recently supported by two Never Trumpers from the conservative Federalist Society, legal scholars William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, Breitbart News reports.
“[Section 3] disqualifies former President Donald Trump, and potentially many others, because of their participation in the attempted overthrow of the 2020 presidential election,” they wrote in the UPenn Law Review, based on the findings of the Democrat-run House January 6 Committee.
Liberal law professor Laurence Tribe and former federal appellate judge J. Michael Luttig, a George H.W. Bush appointee, also wrote in The Atlantic over the weekend that Trump couldn’t be elected president again because of the Fourteenth Amendment, as cited by The Washington Times.
Yet, a recent op-ed for The Hill penned by liberal legal scholar Jonathan Turley slammed such views, declaring the January 6 events were nowhere near presenting an “insurrection,” so there was no legal basis to invoke Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment over them.
Here is the video of Hutchinson challenging Trump’s right to run for president:
2024 GOP candidate Asa Hutchinson says he isn't sure Donald Trump is even "qualified to be the next president":
"I'm referring to the 14th Amendment that a number of legal scholars said that he is disqualified because of his actions on January 6th." pic.twitter.com/vqSjLBqzZi
— The Recount (@therecount) August 20, 2023