In an interview Friday on PBS’s “Firing Line,” Manchin said the senators‘ insistence on objecting to Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes even after supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol was “totally unconscionable” and triggering the 14th Amendment is now an option.
The third section of the amendment states that no lawmaker holding office “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Congress may “by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability,” the section states.
Added to the Constitution after the Civil War, the amendment was designed to cover instances of sedition, Manchin told host Margaret Hoover.
“That those people should never hold public office, they should never have the public microphone, they should never be allowed to be in a position of power or of decision-making, or purpose, because they’re going to serve themselves,” he said.
“Would you support, senator, the removal of Sen. Hawley and Sen. Cruz through the 14th Amendment, Section 3?” Hoover asked.
“Well, they should look, absolutely,” he said, referring to the Senate. “I mean, basically, that should be a consideration.”
Cruz “understands that,” Manchin added. “Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted. But what he did was totally outside the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges that we have.”
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