One reason you hear the leftists continuing to talk about the January 6th trespass as an “insurrection” is that they’re trying to use that term to stop the best and brightest in the conservative wing of the GOP from running in 2022 and 2024.
By labeling them “insurrectionists” for daring to question the 2020 vote, the left hopes to keep them from running for office. They have that hope because of Section Three of the 14th Amendment, which reads:
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
The main figure (other than former President Donald Trump, who they also are clearly hoping to use the 14th Amendment against), that the leftists are using that “insurrection” claim against is Madison Cawthorne, the young, rock-ribbed conservative congressman from North Carolina.
He, like all members of Congress, has to run for re-election this year and the left, rather than trying to defeat him at the ballot box, was trying to beat him in the courts, claiming that, WRAL reports, Cawthorne engaged in insurrection by firing up the protesters. In that outlet’s words:
The challengers alleged that, by stoking protestors’ anger at a Jan. 6, 2021, rally in Washington, D.C., Cawthorn triggered Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which was written after the Civil War to keep Confederates out of key government jobs, including the U.S. Congress. Cawthorn has denied he engaged in any insurrection. His attorney, Jim Bopp, said Friday that it’s insulting to equate Cawthorn’s rally speech and other comments with taking up arms against the country.
Well, Cawthorne filed a motion to dismiss, a motion that the federal district court judge agreed with. Again according to WRAL:
Chief District Court Judge Richard Myers said he couldn’t allow the challenge, filed by attorneys looking to label the first-term Republican as an insurrectionist who should be legally barred from the ballot, to move forward. The courts, Myers said, must protect the soapbox, the ballot box and the jury box.
Cawthorne was quick to announce the massive victory on Twitter, saying:
“HUGE VICTORY! The left’s lawfare tactics have failed. On to re-election!”
The left’s lawfare tactics have failed.
On to re-election! https://t.co/LqzyMoNOC2
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 4, 2022
Cawthorne’s win isn’t just a win for his re-election campaign, but a win for all Republicans involved in the pre-trespass in the Capitol part of the January 6th Stop the Steal rally.
Now, those who the left tries to stop from running by claiming insurrection have a legal ruling to point to; thanks to Judge Myers, they have good cause to argue (quite reasonably) that giving a speech to protesters isn’t insurrection and if Democrats want to kick conservative firebrands out of office, they’ll need to do so at the ballot box, not the courtroom.