States Jump on Board the 14th Amendment Bandwagon to Keep Trump from Ticket 

For conservatives, the repeated use of the term “insurrection” to describe January 6, 2021, has been both inaccurate and confusing. But it seems it has been a part of the Democratic long game since the start, and what they hope is an effective strategy to eliminate Trump from a 2024 presidential bid. 

And many states are preparing to remove Trump from the ticket ahead of the upcoming court battle. Several states, including New Hampshire, Michigan, and Arizona, have filed lawsuits or are preparing legal actions to disqualify Trump.  

The debate about preventing Donald Trump from running in the 2024 elections centers on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This section states that an elected official can be disqualified from holding public office if they were involved in an insurrection or rebellion against the United States unless Congress grants them amnesty through a two-thirds vote. 

But to define the actions of protestors at the Capitol on January 6 as an “insurrection” is a stretch. By its definition, an insurrection refers to a violent uprising or rebellion against a government or established authority. It involves a group of individuals or organizations attempting to overthrow or challenge the existing order through force, often with the goal of seizing power or effecting significant political change. Insurrections typically involve acts of rebellion, such as armed conflict or other forms of resistance aimed at destabilizing or undermining the current government or authority. 

That’s why the left is pushing for former president Donald Trump to be convicted of planning an “insurrection,” but proving that “insurrection” was his intention may be challenging. 

Proving that someone planned an insurrection involves the accumulation of compelling evidence that demonstrates their intent to incite or participate in a violent uprising against a government or established authority. Typically, this process requires several key elements to be present. Firstly, there must be clear evidence of intent, often found in written or spoken statements, social media posts, or other forms of communication where the individual expresses their desire or intention to incite violence or overthrow the government. 

Despite the left’s claims, Trump did none of these things. 

Additionally, authorities look for signs of planning and coordination, such as communication with co-conspirators, the creation of detailed plans or strategies, or the acquisition of weapons or materials for the purpose of insurrection. Speeches, public statements, or online posts that encourage or glorify violence and rebellion can also serve as crucial evidence of intent. 

Again, Trump did none of these, urging his followers to “peacefully protest.” 

Actions taken by the individual leading up to or during the insurrection, such as their physical presence at the scene, involvement in violent acts, or participation in activities aimed at undermining the government, can further support the case. Testimony from co-conspirators, witnesses, or informants who can attest to the person’s involvement in planning the insurrection is often essential. 

This would be difficult for the prosecution to prove because the protests started while Trump was still blocks away, delivering his speech. 

State leaders across the nation began planning to eliminate Trump in 2022. In an interview with ABC News, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson confirmed that she and other secretaries of state from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, and New Hampshire and Maine started planning for “legal challenges” about Trump’s candidacy over a year ago. 

Democrats have stacked the cards against Trump by refusing to move the trial out of Washington, D.C., ensuring he will not receive fair treatment by the judge or the jury. They upped the chances of conviction and elimination by normalizing the use of the term “insurrection” to describe the January 6th protests hoping Americans would support a conviction. 

If Democrats put forth as much effort into solving real-time problems in the nation as they do in fighting Trump, America would be in a much better place than it is. Still, the absence of facts and reality will not stop the left from pushing for Trump’s conviction and the subsequent elimination of his candidacy based on the !4th amendment. 

Democrats gleefully think that this charge will be “the one” to end Trump’s presidential bid, but as they have learned many times in the past, Trump is Teflon. And for many Americans, the persecution has gone too far.  In poll findings, nearly half of the country, including many Democrats, see these legal challenges as purely political. 

While Democrats excel in the long game, they are frequently short-sighted when they think their goals are within reach. Like kids frantically unwrapping the hidden presents they found in mom’s closet, they may find themselves with only empty boxes and shredded paper on Christmas morning.