Falsely accusing Trump of citing an insurrection, the anti-Trump hysteric Cicilline cited the Fourteenth Amendment in the Constitution as the basis for preventing Trump from ever governing again.
“This language in our Constitution clearly intended to bar insurrectionists from holding high office in the United States,” the letter reads. “Given the proof — demonstrated through the January 6th Committee Hearings, the 2021 impeachment trials, and other reporting — that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection on January 6th with the intention of overturning the lawful 2020 election results, I have drafted legislation that would prevent Donald Trump from holding public office again under the Fourteen Amendment.”
Cicilline’s letter did not mention that Trump was acquitted in the 2021 Senate impeachment trial. It also failed to mention that the January 6 Committee has not even alleged that Trump committed insurrection. Indeed, Trump asked protestors on January 6 to march “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol. Cicilline’s letter ignored this also.
Nevertheless, Cicilline claimed his proposed legislation “details testimony and evidence demonstrating how Donald Trump engaged in insurrection against the United States.”
Fact check: there was no attempted insurrection on January 6, 2020.
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On September 18, 2019, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism joined the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism to hold a hearing about the threat that white nationalism allegedly posed to the United States. Citing President Trump’s recent reference to migrant caravan “invasions” at America’s southern border, and his assertion that Baltimore was a “rodent-infested” city, Cicilline, portraying these comments as racist, blamed Trump for fomenting white nationalism. “Hate groups are on a record high, white nationalist groups increasing by 50 percent,” said the congressman. He then attributed this trend partly to Trump: “[I]t’s obviously not helpful when we have political or civic leaders in the country that are using language that dehumanizes refugees or immigrants and speak about invasions and infestations and all of that kind of stuff.”
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