Federal Appeals Court Rules Insurrectionists May Be Barred From Holding Political Office

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled that insurrectionists may be barred from holding political office under the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment, which could potentially affect the 21 known Republican 2020 state legislators who attended the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol along with six attendees who have since decided to run for state legislative office. The DLCC has found that 1/6 of 2020 GOP state lawmakers nationwide were complicit in the 1/6 insurrection

“On January 6th, at least 21 sitting state legislators betrayed their country, with several hundred more fanning the flames of insurrection,” said DLCC vice president of communications Gabrielle Chew. “Those who attack our country have no business swearing to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, holding public office, and serving the American people. The DLCC will keep shining a light on the state Republicans who tarnished American democracy and continue to undermine faith in our elections and the freedom to vote. This November, the American people have the power to hold those complicit in the insurrection accountable at the ballot box.” 

Twenty-one then-sitting state legislators who attended the insurrection: 

Additionally, these state legislative candidates were not elected officials at the time of the insurrection but attended and are running for office this year:

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee was the first and only entity committed to identifying, tracking, and condemning the Republican state legislators who participated in or aided the insurrection. The committee’s GOP of Hall of Shame: Sedition Edition tracks these lawmakers and candidates and ensures that every voter understands the GOP’s role in the insurrection. 

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