Now we know exactly why the Democrats continue to insist the January 6, 2021 Velvet Rope Parade inside the Capitol Building was an “insurrection”. These are truly insidious people. They are trying to use Section 3 to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution against candidates that either were at the protest or supported it in some form or fashion. This is bullshit and the filing should be dismissed.
A group of North Carolina voters has said they believe that Representative Madison Cawthorn cannot be a congressional candidate due to his ties to the January 6 Capitol riots.
Lawyers representing 11 North Carolina voters filed the candidacy challenge with the State Board of Elections. The challenge claimed that Cawthorn’s recent candidacy filing for the state’s 13th District seat violates a Constitutional amendment enacted shortly after the Civil War. In this amendment, nobody that has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S. Constitution is allowed to serve in Congress. The voters claimed that Cawthorn’s participation in an election fraud rally that ended up infiltrating the U.S. Capitol makes him ineligible for Congressional reelection.Group Argues Madison Cawthorn Ineligible for Congress Due to Jan. 6 Rally Participation (newsweek.com)
Let’s start with the full definition of insurrection. From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online, “a usually violent attempt to take control of a government”. Here’s a screenshot in case they want to change the definition later.
The text of this section of the 14th Amendment states, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Was there some violence? Yes. Was there some destruction of property? Yes. But did it rise to the level of insurrection? No. 99% of the people inside the Capitol were just wandering around wanting to have their voices heard as the Electoral College count was happening. There was no attempt to take armed control of the government. Did anyone honestly believe that a few thousand people would be able to storm the Capitol and take control of the United States?
Here’s a reminder of what most of January 6, 2021 looked like.