Fox News host Jesse Watters discusses how former President Trump being barred from the Colorado primary ballot compares to former Confederate Army soldiers being allowed to enter the government on "Jesse Watters Primetime."
JESSE WATTERS: Five years after the Civil War, pro-slavery Democrats filled the halls of Congress, and 15 years later, pro-slavery Confederates actually flipped the House – 51 former Confederate soldiers or officials were elected into office. Even the vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, an arch secessionist, landed a seat in Congress.
Another Confederate rebel, Lucius Lamar – great name – who literally drafted the Missouri secession plan, went on to serve as interior secretary and was later appointed to the Supreme Court.
But how is that possible? Because all week we've been hearing how the Constitution bans insurrectionists from office. The 14th Amendment. How would Confederate soldiers be allowed to serve in government, but not Donald Trump?
Well, it turns out Congress eviscerated the 14th Amendment 150 years ago because President Ulysses S Grant believed national unity and reconciliation after the Civil War was more important than holding a grudge. This law has been hollowed out and has been sitting on the backburner for years. Well, that is until Donald Trump came along.