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MSNBC Host Questions Trump’s Legal Team’s Arguments Against Disqualification

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes discussed the Supreme Court’s upcoming hearing on whether Donald Trump should be removed from the ballot based on the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, which prohibits individuals who engaged in insurrection from holding public office.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump should be barred from the ballot due to his involvement in the January 6 insurrection, and other states are considering similar actions.

Trump’s legal team has presented arguments questioning the application of the 14th Amendment and the definition of “officer of the United States.”

Hayes highlighted the historical context of the 14th Amendment and the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Jefferson Davis, the chief insurrectionist, the greatest traitor to this country in history, perhaps,” Hayes said.

“We should note that Jefferson Davis himself believed at the time that Section 3 applied to him. The fact that he was already disqualified from office under the 14th Amendment was part of his argument, again, back then as to why he should not be tried for treason after he lost the Civil War,” he said.

“But I should say, I’m not entirely sure Trump’s lawyers are really making good-faith arguments. They’re just sort of throwing out anything they can, considering they also seem to waffle on the question of whether or not former President Barack Obama, twice elected to be president, could be disqualified from the ballot under the text of the 22nd Amendment, which clearly states a president can only serve two terms,” he said.

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