Robert Reich, former United States secretary of labor for President Bill Clinton, published an op-ed Monday in the Guardian, calling on states to refuse to place former President Donald Trump's name on the 2024 presidential ballot.
Reich's article, "Trump committed treason and will try again. He must be barred from running," claims that the former president should be disqualified from returning to public office, citing acts of "treason." He urged state officials to take action to prevent Trump's re-election.
According to Reich, Trump committed "treason" when he "refused to concede and instead claimed without basis that the election was stolen from him, then pushed state officials to change their tallies, hatched a plot to name fake electors, tried to persuade the vice-president to refuse to certify electoral college votes, sought access to voting-machine data and software, got his allies in Congress to agree to question the electoral votes and thereby shift the decision to the House of Representatives, and summoned his supporters to Washington on the day electoral votes were to be counted and urged them to march on the US Capitol, where they rioted."
Reich noted that "all three branches of the federal government have described the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as an 'insurrection.'"
Section three of the 14th Amendment prohibits anyone found guilty of engaging "in insurrection or rebellion" against the United States from holding a position in public office.
He praised the January 6 committee for its "painstaking work" and touted the recently amended Electoral Count Reform Act, which altered how electoral votes are certified for presidential elections, as having "filled some of the legal holes."
Reich painted a hypothetical nightmare scenario for left-wing America in which Biden wins re-election in 2024 but Trump refuses to concede and instead recruits "secretaries of state and governors who are loyal to him to alter the election machinery to ensure he wins." He stated that Trump may even attempt to "appoint electors who will vote for him regardless of the outcome of the popular vote" because the former president's "loyalists are now in much stronger positions throughout state and federal government."
Reich added that the Republican Party consists of politicians willing to "bend or disregard any rule" to get the former president re-elected. He insisted that Trump is "less constrained than he was in 2020" and urged states to step in and prevent him from running.
"Secretaries of state – who in most cases are in charge of deciding who gets on the ballot – must refuse to place Donald Trump's name on the 2024 ballot, based on the clear meaning of section three of the 14th amendment to the US constitution," Reich concluded.
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