Candidate Suggests Trump Might Not Qualify for Presidency

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( – On August 20, 2024 GOP presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson brought up the possibility that former President Donald Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 had been in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment. He suggested that this might disqualify him from running for the White House again.

Hutchinson is one of a number of candidates currently seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency, and he attended the first party debate on August 23. According to a report from The Hill, he previously revealed that he would be signing the RNC pledge that would require him to support whomever the nominee turned out to be.

While speaking about Trump and the 14th Amendment, Hutchinson said certain legal scholars have indicated that Trump could be disqualified from running for the White House.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hutchinson argued that he was not entirely certain that the former President was qualified to run for the White House again. He added that it was not right to be asked to support someone who might not be qualified to run for the White House under the U.S. Constitution. He pointed out that several legal scholars have claimed that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 would prevent him from winning the presidency.

Hutchinson argued that a court declaration was necessary and that a separate lawsuit should have been filed in order to determine whether or not Trump had been a part of an insurrection that would immediately disqualify him from the race. Alternatively, he argued that a state could also reach that determination on its own.

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