Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against her that could keep her off the 2022 ballot for being involved with the January 6th Capitol insurrection. But the judge is expected to rule against her.
A group of voters in Greene’s state are seeking to disqualify her from appearing on the ballot in November for being an insurrectionist. The 14th Amendment makes it very clear that members of Congress who engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States are disqualified from holding public office.
Section III 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.
Greene not only helped organize the events of January 6th, she voted to overturn the results of the 2020 Election and called for the assassination of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who was a target during the violent coup attempt. Greene has also been defending the insurrection ever since.
Communications sent by Greene on that day and in the days before and after January 6th could very well incriminate her further in the coup. Of course, she’s refusing to hand them over, an act itself that indicates she has something to hide.
And Greene expects Northern District of Georgia Judge Amy Totenberg to rule in her favor against the lawsuit. But CNN reports that Greene is going to be disappointed because Totenberg is set to rule on Monday that the case can proceed in state court.
Federal Judge Amy Totenberg of the Northern District of Georgia said during a lengthy hearing that she has “significant questions and concerns” about a recent ruling in a similar case, which blocked the same challenge against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican.
A group of Georgia voters, backed by a coalition of constitutional scholars and liberal activists, lodged the challenge against Greene last month with state election officials. Greene then filed her own lawsuit in federal court, asking Totenberg to shut down the state-level proceedings.
Totenberg said she will issue a ruling next week, likely on Monday. That’s two days before a state judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on the underlying question of whether Greene engaged in or aided the January 6, 2021, insurrection and whether that disqualifies her from office.
Indeed, Cawthorn was saved when a Trump-appointed judge intervened on his behalf to keep him on the ballot, a miscarriage of justice that disgraces the Constitution.
The same cannot be said of Greene at the moment, although her attorney ironically claimed that removing her from the ballot would be the same as “stripping voters of their right to vote and upending democracy right before an election.”
You know, as opposed to the insurrection that sought to literally overthrow democracy after an election that did not go the Republicans’ way and the GOP support of voter suppression laws. Frankly, it’s not just Greene who should be barred from the ballot. Every Republican who has defended or downplayed the coup attempt should be disqualified as well.
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