Efforts to prevent Donald Trump from running for president in 2024 are underway in nearly a third of U.S. states, based on the argument that the 14th Amendment prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection from seeking federal office.
A Colorado judge ruled that Trump was culpable for the events of January 6, 2021, and the state’s Supreme Court interpreted the amendment to include the presidency, leading to Trump being barred from the ballot.
Multiple states have cases pending, while others have dismissed or appealed similar claims. (Trending: Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case)
The legal battles could impact ballot preparation, and concerns have been raised about the potential destabilizing effects on the political system.
Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley expressed worry about the courts’ involvement in elections, emphasizing the potential harm to democracy.
The legal scholar said, “It does bother me quite deeply.”
“This is exceptionally dangerous. I mean, it is an anti-democratic opinion, and it could set us on a course that would be incredibly destabilizing for our system,” Turley said this week.
“Our system is not perfect, but the one thing that it can recommend itself for is that it’s been stable,” he continued.
“It survived crises that reduced other countries to a fine pumice,” he said.
Adding, “And so we have a system that is built to last.”
“This is introducing a new element,” explained the legal expert.
“This is introducing the ability of states to effectively block the leading candidate for the presidency by barring them from ballots, and it will result in a tit-for-tat. And this is something that is quite familiar in other countries,” he said.
“This is the way things are in places like Iran, where they have ballot cleansing, where you have people in government tell you who’s just not appropriate for you to vote for,” he explained.
“And we’re looking down that road.”
“Quite fortunately, we have a Supreme Court that I think will make fast work of this,” predicted Turley.
“I think that they’re just dead wrong on the history, on the language, on the interpretation of the 14th Amendment,” he concluded.