House Republicans Declare Trump Did Not Engage in Insurrection
Over 60 House Republicans, led by Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, have come together to assert that former president Donald Trump did not participate in the January 6th insurrection – just ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the matter.
The Press Conference and Arguments
In a fiery press conference, Representative Gaetz was joined by several Trump-allied Representatives to affirm that the attack on the Capitol was not an insurrection and that the Colorado Supreme Court was wrong to remove Trump from the ballot on those grounds.
“We are here today to definitively state that President Trump did not commit an insurrection, and we believe Congress has the authority to make that declaration,” declared Gaetz. He further added, “It is not the role of the state, especially not the role of some Colorado bureaucrats, to make such an assessment.”
The resolution, closely mirroring Section Three of the 14th Amendment, explicitly states that “President Donald J Trump did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The Supreme Court Case
The resolution comes just two days prior to the Supreme Court hearing on the case where Trump was disqualified from the ballot in Colorado, due to his involvement in the insurrection.
Media Blamed for Perpetuating Lies
Gaetz and the group of House Republicans shared their version of events on January 6th, accusing the media of spreading falsehoods about the incident.
“You’re nothing but purveyors of lies, promoting the Democrats’ false narratives for your own gain in campaigns and elections,” vehemently asserted Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene during the press conference.
Missouri Representative Eric Burlison downplayed the violence, highlighting that the individuals at the Capitol were unarmed and merely exercising their First Amendment rights. “It is your responsibility to ensure that people’s rights are not being stripped away,” Burlison told the media.
The Consequences of January 6th
According to the Department of Justice, around 140 police officers were injured while clashing with Trump supporters on January 6th. This resulted in the loss of at least five lives, including police officer Brian Sicknick who suffered two strokes the following day.
The Colorado Supreme Court Decision
In December, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s rhetoric leading up to and during January 6th incited the mob to storm the Capitol. As a result, they disqualified him from appearing on the presidential primary ballot under Section Three, which prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” from assuming office.
However, the Trump-aligned representatives argue that January 6th was not an insurrection and any challenges to Trump’s eligibility on the ballot are part of a “targeted political witch-hunt.”
The Role of the Supreme Court
One of the key questions the US Supreme Court may address is whether the events of January 6th can be classified as an insurrection and whether Trump played a role in it.
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