The Guardian recently published a new op-ed by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on why Donald Trump’s incitement of the January 6 insurrection disqualifies him from future public office under Section Three  of the Fourteenth Amendment. He goes on to make the case for why Secretaries of State across the country must bar the former president from the ballot.

The following are excerpts from the new piece:

Trump is running for re-election, despite the explicit language of section three of the 14th amendment to the constitution, which prohibits anyone who has held public office and who has engaged in insurrection against the United States from ever again serving in public office.

The reason for the disqualification clause is that someone who has engaged in an insurrection against the United States cannot be trusted to use constitutional methods to regain office. (Notably, all three branches of the federal government have described the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as an “insurrection”.)

Secretaries of state – who in most cases are in charge of deciding who gets on the ballot – must refuse to place Donald Trump’s name on the 2024 ballot, based on the clear meaning of section three of the 14th amendment to the US constitution.

Read the entire piece in the Guardian here.

Learn about FSFP and Mi Familia Vota’s joint campaign to press secretaries of state to uphold Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment and bar Trump from the ballot here.