Robert Reich, Labor secretary under former President Clinton, pushed for secretaries of state to refuse to include former President Donald Trump’s name on the 2024 ballots, as he had “committed treason.”
Reich wrote an opinion piece that was published in The Guardian. In it, Reich argued that Trump had violated the constitution with his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection and attack on the U.S. Capitol. He further claimed that Trump tried to convince state officials to change the election results in their states, while also pushing former Vice President Pence to not certify the election results. He pointed out that Trump’s call for his supporters to march on the Capitol was also “treason.”
Reich continued by saying that despite all of these examples of “treason” in Trump’s previous actions, he was still running for reelection, “despite the explicit language of section three of the 14th amendment to the constitution, which prohibits anyone who has held public office and who has engaged in insurrection against the United States from ever again serving in public office.”
Reich further pointed out that there was nothing stopping Trump from trying to change the election results again in 2024, much like he had attempted to do in 2020. In fact, he added that the chances of him trying to overturn the election are “greater now” because he has even more support in local and state governments.
He concluded by calling on Secretaries of state, who often get to decide on whose name can be included on the ballot, to refuse to add Trump’s name to the 2024 ballot.