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How to Stop Trump from Running in 2024

Donald Trump has announced his intention to run for president again in 2024, despite his lead role in inciting the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and in which others have been sentenced to federal prison for 18 years. Many Americans are rightfully concerned about the threat he poses to democracy and the rule of law for treasonously attempting to override the will of We The People in the voting booth. But is there a way to legally prevent him from seeking office again?

 

At Teknosis, we believe there is. In fact, there are two possible legal avenues that could bar Trump from running in 2024: the 14th Amendment and the False Statements Accountability Act.

 

## The 14th Amendment

 

The 14th Amendment was ratified after the Civil War to protect the rights of former slaves and ensure their equal protection under the law. Section 3 of the amendment states:

 

> 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.

 

This clause was designed to prevent former Confederate officials from holding public office after the war. However, some legal experts argue that it could also apply to Trump, who swore an oath to defend the Constitution as president but then encouraged his supporters to storm the Capitol and stop the certification of Joe Biden's victory.

 

According to Edward Foley², a constitutional law professor at Ohio State University, Congress has the authority to enforce this clause by passing a simple majority resolution declaring that Trump engaged in insurrection and is therefore disqualified from running for office again. Alternatively, the Department of Justice could file a lawsuit against Trump and seek a court order to bar him from running.

 

Either way, this would be a powerful and effective way to hold Trump accountable for his actions and protect American democracy from his future attempts to undermine it.

 

## The False Statements Accountability Act

 

Another possible legal obstacle for Trump's 2024 bid is the False Statements Accountability Act of 1996. This law makes it a crime to knowingly and willfully make false statements in any matter within the jurisdiction of the federal government.

 

Trump has been indicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records by a Manhattan grand jury⁴. He is also facing potential charges in Georgia over his efforts to overturn the results of the state's presidential election by pressuring officials to find more votes for him⁴. These cases could expose him to prosecution under the False Statements Accountability Act if he lied about his finances or his election fraud claims.

 

If convicted under this law, Trump could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 per count. Moreover, he could also lose his eligibility to run for office under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, which states:

 

> No person except a natural born Citizen ... shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

 

According to some legal scholars³, this clause implies that anyone who is not eligible to hold office at the time of election cannot run for president. Therefore, if Trump is convicted and sentenced before November 2024, he would be disqualified from running.

 

This would be a fitting consequence for someone who has repeatedly lied to the American people and tried to subvert their will.

 

## Conclusion

 

Donald Trump is a danger to democracy and should not be allowed to run for president again in 2024. Fortunately, there are legal ways to stop him from doing so. The 14th Amendment and the False Statements Accountability Act are two powerful tools that could be used to prevent him from seeking office again.

 

At Teknosis, we urge Congress and the DOJ to use these tools and uphold their oath to defend the Constitution. We also urge our readers to support these efforts and demand accountability from Trump and his enablers. Together, we can ensure that democracy prevails over tyranny.

 

Source: Conversation with Bing, 5/28/2023

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