Civil rights groups try to disqualify Trump using 14th Amendment

By Jen Krausz on
 July 9, 2023

Two civil rights groups have made efforts to get former President Donald Trump disqualified from seeking presidential office again because of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach.

Mi Familia Vota, a Latino unity group, and Free Speech For People, a group focused on political equality, joined forces to create the "Trump is Disqualified" campaign.

The campaign is educational and seeks to inform people about Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which says anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” is barred from holding presidential office.

The groups are engaged in a letter-writing campaign to get state officials to consider keeping Trump off the ballot.

Starting Sunday, the groups plan to have a series of rallies in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Georgia to raise awareness of what they are doing.

“Allowing a known insurrectionist to appear on the ballot is inconsistent with your obligation and oath of office to support the U.S. Constitution,” the letter read and also noted that states do not need permission to enforce the Constitution.