Check out the following breaking news: “The Colorado Supreme Court holds that Trump is disqualified from holding the presidency,” and “Because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.” (UPDATE: You can read the Colorado Supreme Court’s opinions here)
So this ruling may seem startling or surprising, but really what SHOULD BE startling or surprising is that, to date, no courts have enforced the clear language of the 14th amendment, section 3, which states:
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
That’s right: per the U.S. Constitution (14th Amendment, Section 3), NO PERSON who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the” the United States, is permitted to serve in Congress, as an “officer of the United States,” or “as a member of any State legislature.”
Crystal clear, right? Which means, of course, that this ruling against Trump – who clearly fomented/engaged in an insurrection against the U.S. constitution and the country itself – not only should be upheld, but should go beyond Trump to all others mentioned in the 14th Amendment, Section 3 – members of Congress, state legislators, etc. who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the [United States].” Here in Virginia, there are several who fit that description, both in Congress and in the General Assembly. So when is the Virginia Supreme Court going to apply the 14th Amendment, Section 3 to THEM?!? Actually, why hasn’t it done so already?!?