Nathan Calls on Congress to Enforce Constitutional Amendment to Ban Insurrectionists From Office
Updated: Jan 16
Congressional Candidate Nathan Click Calls on Congress to Enforce Constitutional Amendment that Bans Insurrectionists from Serving in Federal Office
Sect. 3 of 14th Amendment once banned a North Carolina governor from serving in the US Senate. The amendment should now ban Donald Trump and other insurrection instigators in Congress from seeking another term in office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
CONTACT: Gerrick Brenner
MORRISVILLE, NC - Nathan Click, Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District (Durham, Orange & western Wake Counties), today called on Congress to pass legislation to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which bans leaders of insurrections against the government from ever holding public office again.
Ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War, Section 3 of the 14the Amendment explicitly disqualifies any person from public office who took an oath to defend the Constitution, and then engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the government. This disqualification from serving in public office can be removed only by a two-thirds vote of each House of Congress.
After the Civil War, a number of federal, state, and local public office holders were removed or barred from serving again. One of those was North Carolina governor Zebulon Vance. Vance was a Confederate loyalist who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by North Carolina state lawmakers after the Civil War. Citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, sitting U.S. Senators refused to allow Vance to serve in Washington. Vance was banned from Congress, and state lawmakers were forced to choose someone else to immediately serve.
“Congress has clearly banned insurrectionists from North Carolina and elsewhere from serving in the federal government in the past, and Congress should live up to its Constitutional responsibility now,” says Nathan Click. “Donald Trump clearly instigated an attempt on January 6, 2021 to violently overthrow the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election. Congress should disqualify Trump from seeking any position in federal office - including the presidency.”
If legislation is needed to clarify a modern process to enforce this Constitutional provision, Click said Congress should move swiftly to do so this year. If the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol finds Members of Congress to have aided the insurrection, those members should also be barred from seeking another term.
“Congress should move swiftly this year to live up its responsibility to enforce provisions of the Constitution,” said Click. “Whether you are a 26-year-old freshman back-bencher in Congress from Western North Carolina, or a former one-term American president, if you planned or promoted the attack on the Capitol and the insurrection against our democracy, you should be banned from ever seeking public office again. That’s what the U.S. Constitution says, and Congress should follow the Constitution. All members swore an oath to do so.”