Censure Trump to weaken his political prospects

The acquittal of Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial allows him to run again for president.

To reduce his chances of being nominated and elected in 2024, both the Senate and the Houses of Representatives should issue a resolution of censure which is a formal statement of disapproval.

A censure can be introduced and independently voted on in either house or both. Unlike impeachment, which requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, censure requires a simple majority vote.

Under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, any person who has engaged in insurrection against the United States or who has given aid or comfort to such persons may not hold any federal or state office.

Therefore, a censure resolution by both houses of Congress stating that on Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump gave verbal aid and comfort to enemies of the United States who engaged in insurrection against this country by forming a violent mob that stormed the Capital, would be strong evidence that the former president is not qualified to hold any future federal or state office.

About the Author
Ted Sheskin is an emeritus professor of industrial engineering and the author of a textbook, Markov Chains and Decision Processes for Engineers and Managers. He has published peer-reviewed papers on engineering systems and mathematical algorithms. His letters to editors addressing politics, economic policy, and issues facing Israel and American Jews have appeared in the NY Times, Daily News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Jewish News, Jewish Week, and Jewish Voice.
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