Donald Trump Gene Stilp, a Pennsylvania activist and former congressional candidate, has taken legal action to remove Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., from the state’s 2024 primary ballot. Stilp, filing the lawsuit as a voter, asserts that Perry’s involvement in the 2020 election disqualifies him from seeking office.
14th Amendment Scrutiny
Stilp urges Pennsylvania Secretary of State Albert Schmidt to evaluate Perry’s eligibility under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This amendment prohibits individuals who engaged in insurrection after swearing to uphold the Constitution, such as through being sworn into office, from holding office again.
Allegations of Election Disruption: Donald Trump
The lawsuit contends that Perry played a leading role in using the January 6, 2021, Congressional certification to disrupt the transfer of presidential administrations from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. Messages cited include texts and emails detailing Perry’s involvement in targeting election results in Pennsylvania after the 2020 presidential race.
Previous Revelations and Investigation
Unsealed federal court rulings from last year revealed text messages indicating Perry’s attempts to assist Trump after the 2020 election. Perry’s cellphone, seized in 2022 as part of an investigation into overturning the election, has not resulted in any charges against him. Currently serving as the chair of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, Perry faces this legal challenge.
Parallel Efforts Nationwide
This case aligns with similar endeavors in states nationwide seeking to prevent Donald Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot due to his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a Colorado case that could impact Trump’s eligibility on a national scale. Additionally, Trump filed a lawsuit against Maine’s secretary of state on Tuesday for disqualifying him from the state’s primary ballot.
Campaign Spokesperson’s Response
In response to the legal challenge, Matt Beynon, a campaign spokesperson for Perry, emphasized the congressman’s dedication to critical issues, highlighting his involvement in examining the southern border crisis during a recent trip with the Speaker of the House.