Former President Donald Trump sharply criticized efforts to keep him off of the presidential ballot by utilizing a clause in the 14th Amendment. The president’s statement comes as two states have already ruled out the possibility of using such a legal procedure.
The former president posted about the efforts on social media. Trump wrote that “Almost all legal scholars have voiced opinions that the 14th Amendment has no legal basis or standing relative to the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election.”
The 14th Amendment includes a clause that states that those who supported or engaged in “insurrection” cannot hold a position of public trust.
Trump cited the argument as a “trick,” calling it similar to “Election Interference” utilized by “the Radical Left Communists, Marxists and Fascists to again steal an Election that their candidate, the WORST MOST INCOMPETENT, & MOST CORRUPT President in U.S. history, is incapable of winning in a Free and Fair Election.”
“MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote.
Trump’s comments come as secretaries of state in both New Hampshire and Arizona have stated that they will not pursue an effort to keep Trump off of their states’ ballots.
Members of the New Hampshire Republican Party openly debated whether or not there was any legal merit to the 14th Amendment case.
State Republican Party chairman Chris Ager said recently that it will be “up to the people to decide who they want their nominee to be, and no one else.”
He further said that Trump’s political rivals have “tried every trick in the book” and that the effort likely does not have “any legs whatsoever.”
Ager further said that the state “Republican Party will fight to make sure that candidates are not denied access to the ballot.”
Attempts to disqualify former President Trump from appearing on 2024 presidential ballots based on a theory derived from the Constitution's 14th Amendment was dismissed as "not simply dubious but dangerous" by @JonathanTurley, prominent law professor.https://t.co/xmTahMj1dc
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 4, 2023
This position was challenged by former U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner, who said that he believed that “it is in Donald Trump’s best interest to get this looked at as quickly as possible.”