The government watchdog group known as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is continuing to promise legal action angled to block Donald Trump from running for another term as president, which he is, of course, now doing.
Their argument continues to be that Trump is disqualified because of the provisions in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution restricting individuals who took an oath of office before connecting themselves in some way to an insurrection from later holding an elected position. The Capitol riot has long since been judicially confirmed to have seditious elements, considering both the guilty pleas admitting to seditious conspiracy in the context of the riot and the subsequent jury convictions of individuals involved with the far-right groups the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. And those involved in the riot themselves have connected their actions to Trump’s inspiration. Did the former president also participate in a tacit agreement to use violence for his political ends?
“You cannot have participated in an insurrection, or given “aid or comfort” to insurrectionists after swearing an oath to the Constitution,” CREW recently argued on Twitter in a discussion of requirements for taking office as president. “This requirement disqualifies Donald Trump from becoming president again… Trump wants to be president again, even though he’s disqualified. As soon as possible, CREW will take action to make sure the Constitution is upheld, disqualification is enforced and Trump is prevented from holding any public office.” CREW was part of the litigation that led to the removal from office of Couy Griffin, a Trump-supporting county commissioner in New Mexico who’d participated in the riot — so the organization has a record on which to lean!