Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) says that there’s a real chance that he could be banned from running for Congress for another term. North Carolina Democrats have filed a lawsuit that cites the 14th Amendment to stop Cawthorn from being elected. The section of the 14th Amendment that they’re using says that a member of Congress can be banned if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies.”
Cawthorn hasn’t engaged or encouraged an insurrection and certainly hasn’t aided the enemy. Cawthorn didn’t orchestrate the January 6 Capitol Riot, and he didn’t engage in any of the illegal activities that took place that day. For God’s sake, Cawthorn had friends in the building. Is it plausible that Cawthorn would allow his party to be placed in danger? No.
Cawthorn joined Tucker Carlson and said, “They are very close. The North Carolina State Board of Elections, a panel of five people, is asserting that they can bar 740,000-plus Americans from my district from being able to elect me and send me to Washington.”
They believe they can stop Cawthorn from being elected, and they may very well fraudulently succeed.
Cawthorn’s office said, “Under North Carolina law, a Challenger can challenge someone’s qualifications to run for office based solely on reasonable suspicion or belief that the facts stated disqualify the Candidate from running for office, and the Candidate then bears the burden of proof to demonstrate that he is qualified to run for office. This burden-shifting flips the legal system on its head, requiring someone to prove his ‘innocence’ when confronted.”
What would they like to see? The burden of proof, in any case, is always on the accuser rather than the accused. It’s challenging to enter a case as a defendant and act as a prosecutor to prove someone is incorrect on their allegations. That is not how the legal system is meant to function.
The Gateway Pundit reported that Cawthorn said the Amnesty Act of 1872 would give him immunity from being disqualified, but if that were the case, there would be an admittance of guilt for the claim being made. That would assume that Cawthorn had done something wrong, and the facts at this point show that he hasn’t.
The Amnesty Act of 1872 says, in part, “the Amnesty Act of 1872 ended office-holding disqualifications against most Confederate leaders and other former civil and military officials who had rebelled against the Union in the Civil War.”
That’s not something that was signed for an innocent man.
Cawthorn also said, “Running for office is not only a tremendous honor, but it is also a constitutionally protected right. I adore this country and have never engaged in, nor would I ever engage in, an insurgency against it. Regardless, the Disqualification Clause and North Carolina’s Challenge Statute are being used as a weapon by liberal Democrats to undermine our democracy by allowing state bureaucrats to determine who will represent North Carolina in Congress rather than the people. I’m defending not only my rights but the rights of the people to democratically pick their representatives.”
It has been a plan on the left for quite some time, and more legal action will likely be coming in as the left tries to ban people from running for office.