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Donald Trump unqualified to run in 2024 election

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Gag orders continue to be placed on former president Donald Trump as he battles lawsuits while actively running for president. As Trump faces over 90 criminal counts, it is evident that he shouldn’t be the GOP nomination for 2024.

Despite his campaign creating legally uncharted waters, anyone with a felony or pending charges should not have the ability to run for office. One of his charges is conspiring to overthrow the government, so Trump’s attempt to gain power in the legislature again is concerning and a potential threat to democracy.

Currently, Trump is fighting four federal cases and one civil case, adding up to 91 criminal counts. Those charges include interfering with the Georgia election, mishandling classified documents, falsifying business records and the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Unfortunately, Trump continues to spread misinformation on his social media accounts and campaign trail, incessantly denying the validity of any legal proceedings that he is a part of and repeatedly referring to them as “political witch hunts.”

Despite Trump’s denial, the four cases point to a wide range of wrongdoing. Most of all, the upcoming 2024 election is the least of Trump’s concerns.

The Georgia election case is the most extensive indictment brought against Trump. An investigation started after a phone call between Trump and Georgia’s top election official was released, during which he asked the state to “find” votes needed to reverse Joe Biden’s narrow victory.

As a result, Trump and 18 others were criminally charged in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump alone was charged with 13 counts including impersonating a public officer, conspiring to commit forgery, conspiracy to defraud the state, perjury and more.

The Justice Department charged Trump after federal officials discovered hundreds of illegally kept classified documents in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. The documents recovered contained sensitive information about the United States’ nuclear programs, the nation’s potential vulnerabilities to an attack and other classified details.

While the president is a cleared official to have access to such documents, they are required to return them when they leave office. Instead, as the indictment demonstrated, Trump kept the sensitive information in storage rooms and bathrooms, while hosting over 150 social events and up to tens of thousands of guests, some of whom were foreign officials.

The indictment brought 37 criminal counts against Trump for violating the Espionage Act by withholding national-security documents, conspiring to obstruct justice and lying to law enforcement.

Another violation of the act arises from hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, who alleged a relationship with Trump. The Manhattan district attorney’s office charged Trump with 34 felony counts of “falsifying New York business records in order to conceal an illegal conspiracy,” according to the New York Times.

Incidentally, Trump is a defendant in an ongoing trial brought by the attorney general, who accused him and his family business of “lying to lenders and insurers about the value of their properties to secure more favorable terms.”

The trial is the reason for multiple gag orders and fines Trump has received.

Arguably the most significant suit concerns the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. In this indictment brought by special counsel Jack Smith, Trump is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, conspiracy against rights and more.

The Washington Post reported that the charges in the indictment are among the most serious that can be brought against a former U.S. president. Moreover, the case encompasses crimes committed against the American people and government and therefore jeopardizing democracy.

Despite multiple criminal proceedings and a variety of other candidates to choose from, Trump remains the leading Republican presidential candidate. However, Trump is unfit to be president and the GOP should reconsider their nomination in favor of someone more capable.

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Alina Sluzhyvenkova, Opinions Editor
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    Kenny RodriquezDec 30, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Well if he can’t run what about Biden he is no better he should be ousted also they all should be none of them no what there saying or doing there all corrupt
    Look at Pelosi she left because she didn’t want to hear from the situation with her drunken husband