Former President Donald Trump garnered unanimous support from Democrats vying to bump President Joe Biden off the top of their ticket on one of his key legal battles.
Friday, NewsNation host Dan Abrams did what the Democratic National Committee has refused to do for the 2024 election cycle, and that was give party opponents looking to supplant Biden a platform to have their voices heard. In keeping with that theme, when asked about legal challenges to Trump’s ballot access, the candidates gave varied reasons on why they favored leaving the ultimate decision up to voters.
“He has not been convicted of the crime of insurrection,” writer Marianne Williamson pointed out as the first of the forum presented with the question. Seated between Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips and commentator Cenk Uygur she continued, “He hasn’t been, and so for a judge to just opine on this, I think it’s very dangerous.”
“The people who love Donald Trump are going to vote for Donald Trump. We could indict him 91 more times, he could be in prison, people are going to vote for him. Anything we do to try to obstruct Donald Trump, this is not the way we’re going to win in ’24. We’re going to win in ’24 by offering the American people a better life,” argued Williamson. “We will beat him on the issues. Let us not beat him in court.”
With the Supreme Court slated to hear arguments in February on the Colorado case that moved to pull the one-time president from the ballot, a decision likely to impact similar challenges across the country, Turkish-born Uygur related his own situation to Trump’s.
Asked specifically if the 14th Amendment gave cause to keep the GOP figure off the ballot, he said, “No, I don’t. I think voters should decide, whether it’s us in primaries being put on the ballots, or Donald Trump in a primary or general election being put on a ballot. If we think democracy’s on the line, we should actually participate in democracy. We should support democracy.”
“But I want people to understand, the 14th Amendment is a complicated issues in both Section One, as it applies to me, Section Three, as it applies to Donald Trump, and let the courts decide that,” the host of “The Young Turks” continued before talking up his own legal case attempting to justify allowing naturalized foreign-born citizens to run for the highest office in the land.
Reasoned thought gave way to hyperbole when the congressman chimed in with his take on the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol differing from Williamson as he asserted, “I was trapped in the House chamber on January 6. I’ll say the quiet part out loud, Donald Trump inspired an insurrection.”
“Every one of my colleagues in the Senate and House know it, we tried to prosecute him, and we failed,” reminded Phillips. However, rather than continue to beat a dead horse, the Minnesota lawmaker determined the final ruling should be up to the public.
“Do I think the Democratic Party should pursue legal channels to beat Donald Trump? No! The same way they shouldn’t pursue the same channels to keep us off the ballot,” he said. “We should let American voters be the judge and jury.”
To Phillips’ point, voters will begin to weigh in on Jan. 15 in Iowa when caucus-goers will officially kick off the nomination process with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley leading in the mix of remaining candidates in challenging Trump for delegates.
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