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Colorado and Maine election officials are trying to remove former president Donald Trump’s name on the ballot by citing a clear constitutional amendment, which Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) argued on Sunday is not undemocratic.

“Is it undemocratic that Jennifer Granholm, the former energy secretary, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, are not eligible to run for president due to their foreign birth?” Raskin, a former constitutional law professor, made the comment during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He argued that, among all the forms of disqualification, the one that disqualifies individuals for insurrection is the most democratic because it’s a self-chosen disqualification. Both Schwarzenegger and Granholm were born in Canada; Granholm in Austria.

Additionally, he noted that Donald Trump is among the extremely small group of individuals who have effectively disqualified themselves.

Both Maine and Colorado have taken action to prevent Trump from being elected to office. Their reasoning is that Trump was involved in the January 6th assault on the Capitol, which is considered an act of insurrection and disqualifies him according to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

There has been an immediate and strong pushback from Republicans (and even some Democrats), and the Supreme Court is likely to hear the contentious legal argument soon.

On Sunday, Raskin brought attention to the fact that the Constitution lists several disqualifications for holding the office of president. “Age is one example. I mean, my 26-year-old coworker Maxwell Frost is an excellent young politician. No, he is not qualified to be president. Were we to claim that this is anti-democratic now? That is the way the Constitution is written. Just alter the Constitution if you’re unhappy with its provisions.


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