(Cbrief) – A new column posted online this week offers an explanation as to why former President Donald Trump is facing federal charges filed by the administration of his chief political rival, President Joe Biden, and the strategy behind those charges.
“In an announcement on Truth Social on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump revealed that he had been informed he is the subject of an investigation conducted by a grand jury based in Washington. The investigation is centered around the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion and Trump’s role in the events of the day,” writes Rachel Emmanuel at The Western Journal on Wednesday.
“The timing of this investigation is not a coincidence. It has been two years since the tumult, and over 1,000 have faced various charges, according to Axios, but not Trump. So why now?” she noted further, adding that she believes “the real reason” for indicting the former president now is to use the Constitution to prevent him from ever being able to sit again in the Oval Office — or any elected office.
Emmanuel notes that the plan is to use the 14th Amendment’s Section 3 in “a desperate campaign strategy to keep former Trump off the ballot in the 2024 election.”
She notes that section of the Constitution says:
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.
Emmanuel notes further that there is already an effort underway by a pair of left-wing organizations, Mi Familia Vota and Free Speech for People, to keep Trump off the ballot in at least five states. They are arguing that Trump’s removal should be based on the so-called Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause after blaming him for the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, which they have deemed an “insurrection.”
Democrats have also claimed that the section passed in the wake of the Civil War and intended to bar former Confederate leaders from holding office in the United States now applies to Trump’s actions. They say Trump attempted to ‘incite an insurrection’ and thus qualifies under the 14th Amendment to be barred from holding office.
Emmanual highlights the fact that this effort is really ramping up now that Trump has begun to overtake Biden in some polls. “And then suddenly, in July, Jack Smith decided to target Trump on a 2-year-old case,” she wrote.
Conservative podcaster and activist Benny Johnson believes Emmanuel is on the right track. He tweeted on Tuesday: “There’s a reason why the DOJ is now indicting Trump for the J6 ‘insurrection’. That reason is the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment says that no person who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States can serve in federal office. This is what this false charge is about.”
There’s a reason why the DOJ is now indicting Trump for the J6 “insurrection”.
That reason is the 14th Amendment.
The 14th Amendment says that no person who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States can serve in federal office.
This is what this…
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 18, 2023
Also notes Emmanuel, Norm Eisen, a Democratic operative who served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the first impeachment and a former special aide to President Barack Obama, let the cat out of the bag in a November tweet: “Hey Trump You think you are just gonna waltz onto primary ballots? Think again. The 14th Amendment bars you.”