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Trump says attempted use of 14th amendment to disqualify him is ‘lawfare’ mean to deprive voters of choice

 September 6, 2023

Donald Trump's campaign team is voicing its opposition to the assertion that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution could be used to block the former president's potential candidacy in the 2024 presidential race.

Members of the Trump camp argue that such an interpretation lacks solid legal footing and describe the push behind it as a means of "lawfare to deprive voters of choosing their next president," Fox News reported.

Controversial Disqualifications Clause

At the heart of the debate is what some refer to as the "Disqualifications Clause" -- namely, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

This specific clause prohibits individuals who have actively participated in or supported insurrection or rebellion against the United States from holding public office.

Yet, the Trump campaign has not taken such assertions lying down. A representative for the campaign voiced strong criticisms during a discussion with Fox News Digital.

"Joe Biden, Democrats, and Never Trumpers are scared to death because they see polls showing President Trump winning in the general election," the spokesperson said.

The campaign representative added, "The people who are pursuing this absurd conspiracy theory and political attack on President Trump are stretching the law beyond recognition, much like the political prosecutors in New York, Georgia, and D.C."

The spokesperson emphasized that the effort lacks any genuine legal foundation. He continued that it appears to be a clear strategy by opponents of America to craft unfounded reasons and manipulate the legal system, thereby preventing voters from selecting their preferred next president.

Trump Refutes Claims of Disqualification

The former president is countering notions that the 14th Amendment's Section 3 could prevent him from being a contender in the 2024 election, as ABC News reported.

In a recent social media update from Monday evening, he stated, "almost all legal scholars have voiced opinions that the 14th Amendment has no legal basis or standing relative to the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election."

In the same post, Trump labeled any legal actions based on the 14th Amendment as "election interference."

Legal Scrutiny Facing Trump

Trump stands as the only president to face impeachment twice. He also holds the unique distinction of being the only former U.S. president to be criminally indicted.

The federal charges against him emerged from inquiries led by Special Counsel Jack Smith concerning the alleged disruptions in the 2020 election process, the events on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol, and Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents.

Trump's legal challenges also extend state-level prosecutions in Georgia and New York.

In response to these allegations, including conspiracy claims against the United States and attempts to obstruct official procedures, Trump has firmly maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty on all fronts.

Despite these legal hurdles, a new CNN poll reveals that his popularity remains strong among the GOP's core supporters, who will play a crucial role in nominating their party's next presidential candidate.

In the race for the 2024 Republican nomination, Trump  is significantly ahead, with a lead of over 30 points against his nearest rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, bringing in 52% support compared to DeSantis' 18%, accoridng to the latest CNN survey conducted by SSRS.