OAN’s Elizabeth Volberding
11:43 AM – Monday, January 1, 2024
Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin advised the nation that former President Donald Trump may attempt to “overturn” the election again if he is defeated in the 2024 campaign.
On Sunday morning, Raskin (D-Md.) issued a warning, saying that if Trump loses the 2024 election, he would attempt to “overturn” the results “once more.”
The Maryland congressman spoke before the highest court in the United States and intervened to hear cases involving recent state decisions in Maine and Colorado. The decisions involved removing Trump from the general election primary under the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment insurrection clause.
During the “State of the Union” show on CNN, Raskin refrained from stating whether Maine’s choice to prohibit Trump from the 2024 election under the 14th Amendment will turn him into a “martyr.”
After Colorado, Maine became the second state last week to remove the former president from the ballot, arguing that Trump is “disqualified” due to the 14th Amendment.
“It may or may not. The question is, what does the Constitution say? Donald Trump can strike the pose of the martyr in any given context,” Raskin asserted. “If he’s allowed to stay on the ballot, despite his clear incitement of an insurrection and attempt to overturn the results in the 2020 election, and he loses to Joe Biden… he will feel himself a martyr there, and he will try to overturn the election result again.”
“So I don’t think we can run scared from Donald Trump. We have got to enforce our Constitution. And that certainly was the design of the framers, and that’s what they would have us do,” he added.
Regarding Trump’s actions prior to and on January 6th, 2021, Raskin argued that the former president has “disqualified himself from the race under the 14th Amendment” and that the Supreme Court can make the final decisions.
Trump has already vowed to appeal both the Colorado and Maine rulings.
Additionally, Raskin stated that Trump’s case may be challenging for the Supreme Court to rule on.
“I mean, under constitutional federalism, every state is ultimately going to control its own ballot access and access to candidates for the ballot,” Raskin declared. “And that is obviously difficult when we’re talking about electing the president, who is the one official we have got in America who is supposed to represent the entire country, represent everybody.”
“And so I think that the urgency is for the Supreme Court to act. But I think it’s going to be tough for some of them, if they want to keep Trump on the ballot, if they’re falling for the argument that this is undemocratic,” he added.
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