UPDATE: Rep. Marjorie Greene released a statement on her social media account. Read her statement below.
A Georgia judge ruled on Friday that Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) is qualified to run for reelection after a liberal organization has filed a lawsuit seeking to ban Rep. Greene from re-election.
State Judge Charles Beaudrot dismissed the lawsuit saying the “challengers have produced insufficient evidence to show that Rep. Greene ‘engaged’ in that insurrection after she took the oath of office on January 3, 2021.”
“The burden of proof in this matter is on Challengers. Challengers have failed to prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. The evidence in this matter is insufficient to establish that Rep. Greene, having “previously taken an oath as a member of Congress . . . to support the Constitution of the United States . . . engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or [gave] aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Therefore, the Court holds that Respondent is qualified to be a candidate for Representative for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District,” Judge Beaudrot said in a 19-page recommendation.
“The recommendation will now be taken up by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican. It’s possible, but highly unlikely, that Raffensperger would overrule the judge’s recommendation and disqualify Greene on his own. The anti-Greene challengers can still appeal Raffensperger’s decision in state courts,” CNN reported.
As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, the organization representing a group of Georgia Democrats claims that Greene violated a provision of the U.S. Constitution known as the “Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause.”
In their legal challenge filed with the Georgia Secretary of State last March, the organization cites a Civil War-era clause that prohibits politicians from running for Congress if they have engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States or “given aid or comfort” to the nation’s enemies.
The organization, led by Marc Elias, the Democrat lawyer behind the Trump-Russia hoax, is basing their far-fetched claim on Greene “downplaying” the protest at the Capitol on January 6.
“After taking the oath to defend and protect the Constitution, before, on, and after Jan. 6, 2021, Greene voluntarily aided and engaged in an insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power,” the lawsuit states.
In April, Greene testified for about three hours. Plaintiff’s attorneys did not show any evidence to make their fraudulent case against Greene.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys played a video clip of Greene on January 5, 2021, calling the GOP effort to challenge Biden electors at the joint session of Congress the following day on January 6 to count Electoral College votes a “1776 moment.”
Greene’s pointing out 1776 on the state seal drew laughter and an apparent facepalm from the judge.
When the petitioner tries to get MTG to say that her use of “1776” was a call for violence, she points out that 1776 is on the Georgia state seal:
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed our state seal here in Georgia, but as you can see we enjoy our history and are proud of our freedom pic.twitter.com/fYDW6q7Iig
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 22, 2022
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene released a statement on her Instagram account following the judge’s ruling.
“Democrats have seen how hard I fight for America First values with Republicans in the minority, so they are absolutely terrified to see me with the power of the majority.
That’s why a Soros-style dark money group launched an unprecedented attack on free speech, on our elections, and on you, the voter.
Democrats know they can’t beat me at the ballot box, so left-wing Communist activists tried to RIP my name off the ballot.
And they failed.
This assault on our Constitution confirmed what we already knew: Democrats hate our system of free and fair elections.
Not only do the Communists in power want to control speech through Biden’s ministry of truth, they also want to control who you can vote for by perverting our legal system.
Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election by abusing and breaking our laws. Thankfully this attempt to rig another election was stopped in its tracks.
I applaud Judge Charles Beaudrot on his correct ruling and look forward to winning big on May 24th.
But the battle is only beginning, the left will never stop their war to take away our freedoms. The Communists came after me, but they were really coming after you.
This ruling gives me hope that we can win and save our country.
Together, let’s Save America and Stop Communism!”