To prevent the Republicans from being reelected, voters in North Carolina have cited a clause in the 14th Amendment that addresses “insurrection or revolt” against the United States.
Due to his participation in a rally on January 6, 2021, that “amounted to an insurrection,” North Carolina voters claim that Rep. Madison Cawthorn is ineligible for reelection and is suing members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Before rioters stormed the Capitol that day, Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who recently announced his candidacy for the state’s 13th Congressional District, appeared at a gathering in front of the White House. Then-President Donald Trump urged rallygoers to march to the Capitol, advised them to “be strong,” and said that “you’ll never take back what you did.”
After that gathering, Trump supporters flocked to the Capitol, some of whom forcefully pushed their way inside to prevent congressional recognition of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Four rioters were killed in the uprising, while more than 150 police officers were hurt. After responding to the incident, one cop suffered a stroke, and several more died by suicide in the days that followed.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which forbids public officers from retaining office if they have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States, was used by North Carolina voters who sought to defeat Cawthorn’s reelection campaign. On behalf of the 11 voters, a challenge to Cawthorn’s candidacy was submitted to the State Board of Elections on January 10.
Cawthorn’s complaint, filed on Monday, contends that he is qualified to run for office under state law and disputes the claim that he took part in an “insurrection or uprising.” The complaint also challenges the claim that because he participates in a rally on January 6, he is unable to run for office under the 14th Amendment.
The complaint asserts that the challenge is unfounded and infringes on his right to seek government.
The lawsuit stated that running for political office is a fundamental First Amendment activity and is highly protected.
A representative for Cawthorn is renowned Republican attorney James Bopp Jr. Trump appointee and U.S. District Judge Richard Myers II of Wilmington, North Carolina, was given the case. To
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