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No, Donald Trump won't be banned from running in 2024 if he's impeached

No, Donald Trump won't be banned from running in 2024 if he's impeached

The President, with less than 10 days left on his current term but faces impeachment for his role in the insurrection.

No, Donald Trump won't be barred from running for President in 2024 if he's impeached for his role in the insurrection. Last Wednesday, a mob of MAGA rioters were incited by Donald Trump and a few Republicans to march to Capitol Hill. Congress was preparing to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 Presidential election when MAGA rioters stormed the building with pipe bombs, zip-tie handcuffs hinting at a sinister plan. On Monday, Democrats have introduced their impeachment resolution, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection." Trump could be the first President to be impeached twice. There are a lot of rumors suggesting that Trump will not be able to run for President in 2024 if he's impeached but they are not true. 

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: U.S. President Donald Trump departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

The main source of the rumor was a tweet that made many false claims including the one Trump wouldn't be able to run for President again, reported CNN. The tweet was posted two days after the MAGA rioters stormed Capitol Hill forcing lawmakers to go into hiding to protect themselves.
The tweet read: "For those wondering if it's worth impeaching him this time, it means he:
1) loses his 200k+ pension for the rest of his life
2) loses his 1 million dollar/year travel allowance
3) loses lifetime full secret service detail
4) loses his ability to run in 2024



 

 

The tweet went viral garnering more than 181,000 retweets and 725,000 likes. It was eventually taken down but the misinformation had already spread far and wide. Now' let's dissect the claims in the tweet. Trump won't lose his post-presidency pension until he is removed from office through impeachment. That is, he needs to be impeached by both the House and Senate to remove him from office. As it was proved earlier when he was impeached by the House of representatives in 2019 for soliciting political favors from Ukraine's President in exchange for military aid. He stayed in office after Senate didn't impeach him. Until this happens, Trump will receive his post-presidency pension as per the Former Presidents Act, which is over $200,000 per year. 



 

The second point claims Trump will lose his $1 million travel insurance. As per the law, Presidents who have lifetime Secret Service protection never get a $1 million travel allowance. There is no clarity on if Trump will lose his lifetime Secret Service protection even if he were removed from office. Does impeaching the President mean he won't be able to run in 2024? No, he will not be barred from running for President again even if he were removed from office. The Senate will have to hold an additional vote specific to this question to ensure he doesn't run again. 



 

The House is set to vote on a resolution resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power, with a view of voting on it on Wednesday, reported CNN. House Democrats have been vocal about Trump's participation in the riots that endangered the lives of members of Congress. Four MAGA rioters and a policeman died in the riots on January 6th. This came just days after Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where he pushed him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state. "In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government," read the resolution. "He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States." The resolution was introduced by Democrats David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California and cited the Constitution's 14th Amendment, that "prohibits any person who has 'engaged in insurrection or rebellion against' the United States" from holding office.

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