Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that the plot from leftist legal scholars and politicians to remove former President Trump from the ballot does not hold up under Arizona law.
The plot — which has been advanced by left-wing legal scholars such as Harvard Law professor Lawrence Tribe and former federal appellate judge J. Michael Luttig — claims that Trump can be removed from state general election ballots using an obscure interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
“The disqualification clause operates independently of any such criminal proceedings and, indeed, also independently of impeachment proceedings and of congressional legislation,” Tribe and Luttig wrote in an article for The Atlantic. “The clause was designed to operate directly and immediately upon those who betray their oaths to the Constitution, whether by taking up arms to overturn our government or by waging war on our government by attempting to overturn a presidential election through a bloodless coup.”
The scheme has already been set into motion in New Hampshire following a lawsuit from attorney Bryant “Corky” Messner, who claimed that his “oath to the Constitution” has forced him to launch the effort to remove the GOP frontrunner from the state’s general election