Ukraine War, August 26, 2023: Republican unity and the fascist threat

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Dispatches

1) Ruth Marcus, “Their hands don’t lie: Republican candidates trash the trial by jury,” Washington Post, August 25, 2023 (5:57 p.m. EDT);

Analysis

Ruth Marcus draws attention to the fact that all Republican candidates in the debate Wednesday night, except for Asa Hutchison and perhaps an ambivalent Chris Christie, stated they would support Donald Trump in the 2024 election, even if he were convicted of grave felonies by an American jury.

That is, they pledged to support Donald Trump even if he were convicted of trying to overthrow the 2020 election and the Constitution of the United States.

Their answers made the fascist threat to democracy in America palpable. It is an immediate threat to all that Americans have achieved in 227 years, above all a constitutional government based on the Rule of Law.

Fortunately, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the holding of any federal or state office by anyone who has engaged in an insurrection or rebellion against the United States. Section 3 provides the following:

Section 3

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.

What this means is that the states would have the right to deny certification of election results in the event Trump carried the state. This could throw the election into the House and the Senate under the 12th and the 20th amendments.

See “How Trump Wins (Updated November 15, 2020), The Trenchant Observer, November 11, 2020 (updated November 15, 2020).

At that point the future of democracy in America would lie in the hands of the Congress.

Unlike the situation in 2020 and 2021, the Democrats under President Joe Biden would be in charge of the military. This could become a decisive factor should any civil unrest occur.

The Trenchant Observer

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