Former secretary of Labor says Trump should be disqualified from 2024 race

 June 12, 2023

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich came in hot with an unpopular opinion over the weekend, asserting that former President Donald Trump should be disqualified from running for president again.

Reich said that it's not just the indictment that should stop Trump from being able to run but that he should be disqualified under the Fourteenth Amendment.

"Not only should Trump be prosecuted," Reich wrote in his post on Facebook, "but Section 3 of the 14th Amendment clearly bars anyone from holding office who has 'engaged in insurrection' against the United States of America. He should be disqualified from running for president. It’s that simple."

I'm not sure what kind of insurrection to which Reich is referring, but his opinion is, at best, a massive stretch.

Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment 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.

"The term 'insurrection or rebellion' refers to the former Confederate States of America. Democrats claim that Trump is guilty of 'insurrection' for the Capitol riot on January 6, though the president held a peaceful rally a mile away whose aim was to oppose the certification of some Electoral College votes, a constitutional step that Democrats themselves had tried before," reported Breitbart. "He also told rioters at the Capitol to go home, albeit several hours later."

There's been some talk recently that Trump might be convinced to exit the 2024 race in exchange for charges against him being dropped.