Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, known as the Disqualification Clause, bars anyone who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and who then engaged in insurrection or gave aid or comfort to insurrectionists from holding state or federal office. 

“Under the Constitution, the government officials who participated in the insurrection or aided insurrectionists on January 6th, 2021 must be barred from public office for life.”

Rebuilding and protecting American democracy includes holding our public officials to high ethical standards—standards which are incongruent with support of insurrection and sedition. 

The peaceful transition of power is a core tenet of our democracy. To that end, CREW is committed to holding insurrectionists accountable and ensuring those who attacked the integrity of our electoral process never have the chance to do so again. 

Irrespective of power or position, any person who participated in or supported efforts to overthrow our democracy must be held accountable under the full extent of the law and in accordance with the Constitution.

It’s why we must hold those who violate their oath to the Constitution accountable. Below is a selection of CREW’s work on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

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