Robert Reich, a former secretary of labor for President Bill Clinton, penned an opinion piece for the Guardian on Monday urging states to bar former President Donald Trump from running for president in 2024.
“Trump committed treason and will attempt it again,” according to Reich’s piece. “He must be prevented from running,” asserts that the former president should not be permitted to run for office again due to his “treasonous” actions. To stop Trump from being re-elected, he urged state politicians to take action.
Reich claims that Trump engaged in “treason” when he “declined to accept defeat and instead asserted without foundation that the election had been stolen from him, followed by pressuring state officials to alter their tallies, developed a plot to identify fake electors, attempted to convince the vice-president to decline to certify electoral college ballots, looked for access to voting-machine information and software, got his backers in Congress to consent to question the results of the election and thereby alter the decision.”
All three arms of the federal government, according to Reich, have referred to the attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6 as an “insurrection.”
Anyone found guilty of acting “in uprising or rebellion” against the government of the U.S. is prohibited from assuming a position in public office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
He complimented the Jan. 6 committee for their “painstaking work” and hailed the Electoral Count Reform Act, which was recently updated and changed how electoral votes are verified for presidential elections, for having “filled many of the legal holes.”
In a nightmare scenario Reich created for liberal America, Biden is re-elected in 2024, but Trump declines to acknowledge defeat and instead appoints “loyal secretaries of state as well as governors who will change the electoral process to make sure he wins.” According to him, Trump may even try to “appoint electors that are going to vote for him in spite of the result of the majority vote” considering the former president’s “loyalists currently reside in far more powerful positions throughout the federal and state government.”
Republican Party members, according to Reich, are prepared to “bend and ignore any rule” in order to re-elect the former president. He said that Trump is “less limited than when he ran in 2020” and asked states to intervene and block his candidacy.
“According to the plain interpretation of section three of the 14th amendment to the US constitution, secretaries of state, who in most circumstances decide who appears on the ballot, must refuse to put Donald Trump’s name on the ballot in 2024,” Reich said.