Clinton Economist Floats Idea to Bar Trump from Running

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, expressed his belief that former President Donald Trump should be prevented from running for office again, not solely based on his indictment but also in accordance with the Fourteenth Amendment.

Reich emphasized that it is imperative not only to prosecute Trump but also to consider Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which explicitly prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection” against the United States of America from holding public office.

According to Reich, Trump should be disqualified from pursuing the presidency, as the matter is straightforward and clear.

Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution can be paraphrased as follows:

No individual servings as a Senator, Representative in Congress, elector of the President and Vice-President, any civil or military office in the United States or any of the fifty states who swore to support the U.S. Constitution and subsequently have engaged in a rebellion or an insurrection against the United States or provided assistance or any support to its enemies. However, Congress can change this by a two-thirds vote in each House.

The phrase “insurrection or rebellion” historically pertains to the former Confederate States of America.

Democrats argue that Trump is guilty of an “insurrection” due to the Capitol riot on January 6.

However, it should be noted that the former president had held a peaceful rally about a mile away from the capital aimed at opposing the certification of certain Electoral College votes, which is a constitutional process that Democrats themselves had previously attempted.

The president felt some of the electors had been selected improperly and was challenging the certification of the election on those grounds.

Additionally, although Trump told the Capitol rioters to go home, it didn’t happen until several hours later.

Recently, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow suggested that Trump could agree to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race if the Department of Justice were to dismiss the pending charges against him.