'It's Happening': Trump's Rise To Power Sparks Authoritarian Concerns

By Daniel Walker | May 28, 2024

A second term

Donald Trump's potential second presidential term raises concerns about the rule of law in the US due to his history of facing legal charges and complaints. Legal analysts question how a candidate known for disregarding the law and judiciary can run for the highest office in the US as the 2024 elections approach.

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Concerns exist about how a second term for Trump may threaten the rule of law and democracy in the US, as highlighted by Anne Ramberg, Co-Chair of the IBA's Human Rights Institute Council. Ramberg argues that Trump and similar individuals not only neglect to support democracy based on the rule of law but also exploit democratic processes to erode the fundamental principles of a law-based democratic system.

The 14th Amendment

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The US Supreme Court recently dismissed a Colorado request to exclude Trump from the state ballot under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits individuals involved in 'insurrection' from holding office in the future.