Donald Trump: Legal experts claim he could be disqualified from running for President

Donald Trump’s bid to become the next US president could be illegal, law experts claim. The problem lays in his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 elections.

Donald Trump: Legal experts claim he could be disqualified from running for President
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Donald Trump: Legal experts claim he could be disqualified from running for President

While Donald Trump is currently considered a front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, the future of his renewed White House bid is unclear.

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And it is not only due to the wide range of criminal charges he faces.

Law professors William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, from the University of Chicago and the University of St. Thomas, respectively, released a report explaining why Donald Trump could be disqualified from running for President in 2024.

The 126-page document reveals that his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results make his potential top job unconstitutional. Find the full explainer below.

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Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions could be shut down by the law

Legal experts believe that under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election amount to ‘insurrection’ which makes his efforts to renew the leadership bid unconstitutional.

Professors of law William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen prepared a report where they claim section three of the 14th Amendment disqualified the businessman-turned-politician from office due to his participation in the attempted rebellion which undermined the law in 2020.

The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 just three years after the end of the Civil War.

Its section three 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’ who previously took an oath ‘to support the Constitution of the United States,’ but then went on to engage in ‘insurrection or rebellion.’

Baude and Paulsen think that the 14th Amendment ‘remains fully legally operative’ and is ‘constitutionally self-executing’ meaning ‘its command is automatically effective, directly enacted by the Constitution itself.’

The experts believe that because of ‘a range of misperceptions and mistaken assumptions’ the ‘full legal consequences’ of this legality ‘have not been appreciated or enforced.’

The report stated:

Section Three is self-executing, operating as an immediate disqualification from office, without the need for additional action by Congress. It can and should be enforced by every official, state or federal, who judges qualifications.

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Baude and Paulsen also state that the former president’s renewed bid can be saved if it receives special permission to go ahead from two-thirds of both the Senate and House of Representatives.

But the experts doubt that the infamous politician would be able to obtain it.

Instead, they think that Trump's right to stand for the presidency again is likely to come before the courts.

They wrote:

Given the magnitude of the question and its consequences, it is not difficult to imagine such an important case making its way quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Sources used:

- Newsweek: 'Donald Trump Could be Disqualified From Running in 2024 by Supreme Court'

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