14th Amendment may not disqualify ‘loathsome:- Critics of Donald Trump contend that he may be ineligible to run for president in 2024 under Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.
Importantly, these critics are not exclusively affiliated with the Democratic party. Retired Judge J. Michael Luttig, known for his conservative beliefs, argues that President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results disqualify him due to Section 3’s prohibition on “insurrection or rebellion.”
Another conservative legal figure, Steven Calabresi, known as a founder of the right-wing Federalist Society, has argued against Trump based on Section 3. However, there has been a change in Calabresi’s position according to Adam Liptak’s report in The New York Times.
Calabesi, a professor at Northwestern University located in the Chicago area, recently stated that Donald Trump is not eligible to appear on the ballot. According to Calabesi, it is the responsibility of each state’s secretary of state to exclude his name when printing the ballots.
In a letter dated September 12, Calabresi asserted to the Wall Street Journal that according to the disqualification clause, Former President Donald Trump is exempt and remains eligible for the 2024 presidential election.
Calabresi changed his mind after Michael Mukasey, a former U.S. Attorney General who served under President George W. Bush, presented a compelling argument to him.
In his September 16 article for the libertarian Reason, Calabresi argues that despite Trump’s objectionable nature, a technicality in the drafting of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualification clause exempts him.
As a result, Calabresi suggests that Trump’s name should still feature on election ballots for the upcoming 2024 presidential election. However, he strongly advises fellow Americans to vote against Trump as an alternative regardless of other considerations.