Good morning, esteemed justices of the Supreme Court. To begin with, it seems to me that the ultimate test of the resolution of this case will revolve almost solely around the meaning of the word sedition. And as such, I offer the dictionary definition of sedition;
conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
You’ll note that the definition says nothing specifically about democracy, it simply states any attempt to incite violence against the authority of a state or monarchy. sedition is not restricted to American democracy.
We have, as a country, already had a too close brush with sedition. Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis was both a traitor to the United States, as well as the premier seditionist of our long history. He not only promulgated sedition, he literally led an armed insurrection against the duly elected and authorized government of the United States. And even Jefferson Davis, the arch enemy of democracy in the United States, when confronted with Article 3 of the 14th Amendment, admitted that it precluded him from ever holding office again.
But sedition is not native to the United States, nor is it our exclusive property. All that is necessary in any country is for a group of radical firebrands to conspire to, and then act to overthrow whatever duly authorized form of government.
Which has also happened before in history, and I believe this event has both predication as well as compelling legal precedent in this court today. Cast your minds back to November 8-9 November of 1923. The notorious Munich Beer Hall Putsch. Adolf Hitler called his followers together to a Munich beer hall to whip them into a frenzy to march to the Munich Government Center, take it over, and declare the Weimar government kaput, and the Nazi party the rightful governing body of the Republic of Germany. Close your eyes, and just consider the seditionist rhetoric he used;
- The system is rigged against you
- The others are taking your country away from you
- We can never keep control of our country with weakness! You have to show strength!
- If you don’t fight like hell for your country, then you won’t have any country left!
- When we leave here, we’re going to march to the capitol, and I’ll be right there with you, and we’re going to fight like hell to take our country back!
I must admit here that I was not in that beer hall in Munich on November 8-9 of 2023, it was past my bedtime. And although those words were all part of Hitler’s populist claptrap, I cannot attest to the fact that he used them that night.
Which doesn’t matter. Simply because it was another populist demagogue, fascist, dictator wanna be who actually did use every one of them. And that was then President Donald John Trump, from the Ellipse to a crowd of his supporters on January 6th, 2021. He used those words, already knowing that many of the supporters in the crowd were armed, to incite them to march to the Capitol, assault local, state and federal peace officers discharging their sworn duties, breach the secured Capitol of the United States, and attempt to subvert the will of the people in a desperate attempt to stop the rightfully elected President from taking office.
The issue here is simple, and not even really subject to debate. The 3rd Article of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution bars any officer of the United States, who swore an oath to protect the Constitution, and then incited, supported, or aided and abetted in an insurrection against the United States from holding office again.
Use your minds. Use your logic. Use the law. You have heard the words of former President Donald Trump from his own mouth. And as I’ve displayed, any or all of them would have fit Adolf Hitler perfectly. The Constitution is clear. There was no mention of congress being required to activate the clause. And the framers have always been perfetly capable of tossing in a codicil or two where applicable.
The law is clear. The substantive statements made on January 6th, 2021 are crystal clear. Former President Trump actively sought to incite, and gave gull support to an insurrection against the government of the United States. And according to article 3 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Donald John Trump is ineligible to hold the office of President of the United States. Thank you.
I thank you for the privilege of your time.