Bruce Ackerman, Gerard Magliocca: Constitution’s preferred punishment for former high officials turned insurrectionists. Nearly forgotten debates over ratification of the 14th Amendment point to a better, less divisive approach. Section 3 targeted Jefferson Davis, other leaders of the attempted overthrow of the U.S. Constitution. Julian Zelizer: Committee members are ignoring the Lincolnian principles embodied in the 14th Amendment.
Disqualifying rebel leaders from future office allowed “the great mass of the population of the Southern States” to rejoin the Union. Zelizer says Trump would not face a jury any time soon because his lawyers have shown remarkable ability to drag out court cases.