A group of North Carolina voters filed a dramatic lawsuit Monday against the re-election of Rep. Madison Cowthorne (RN.C.), arguing that the constitution prohibits rebel lawmakers from holding office.
Freedom of Speech for the People, a nonprofit organization, filed a complaint with the North Carolina Board of Elections on behalf of 11 North Carolina voters, alleging that Cowthorn violated section 3 of the 14th Amendment. Section 3 states that no person can hold a political office, “who, after taking the oath of office as a member of Congress … must participate in an uprising or insurrection.” The section was originally intended for lawmakers who conspired against or fought against the US government during the Civil War.
The call says Cowthorn has called on his supporters to “threaten” and “intimidate” members of Congress by confirming the results of the 2020 presidential election. It also notes that Cawthorne and his staff were “in close contact” with the organizers of the January 6 rally that preceded the storming of the US Capitol, and that Cawthorne himself spoke at that rally that day.
Efforts to end confirmation of the 2020 presidential election results are “tantamount to insurrection,” added to the challenge.
Publicly available evidence, including Rep. Cawthorne’s statements and reports that he or his office coordinated with the organizers on January 6, supports a reasonable suspicion that Rep. Cawthorne helped the uprising, thereby disbarring him from holding federal office. “Said Ron Fein, legal director. freedom of speech for people.
Cowthorn did not deny the allegations in the lawsuit, but complained that he was being deceived. attacked by “leftist activists”. He tweeted: “I cannot be stopped. Help me fight back! ”
Later, he added: “The awakened crowd will not stop me.”
A handful of Democratic politicians and some constitutional law experts believe the 14th Amendment could also be used to prevent Donald Trump from running for president again.
Trump told his supporters at the January 6 rally to march to the Capitol: “If you don’t fight your hardest, you won’t have a country anymore.” It took him more than three hours to take any action to suppress the violence in the Capitol that erupted after the rally.
Coughthorn, running from the newly created 13th constituency, has vigorously promoted baseless allegations of fraudulent presidential elections and has also called for violence.
In November, he gloated after teenage Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in Wisconsin for killing two demonstrators and wounding a third, urging all Americans to “be armed and dangerous.”
At a GOP event last August, he warned of “bloodshed” if elections “continue to be falsified,” though Trump’s own Justice Department and election security officials insisted there were no massive election fraud in 2020.