Palestinian Authority officials propose ban on ‘seditious people’ holding public office

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PHILADELPHIA — On the heels of the federal government bringing seditious conspiracy charges against members of the Proud Boys, and as the House Select Committee investigates the January 6, 2021, incident at the United States Capitol, two representatives of State-based Philadelphia seek to interdict anyone convicted of seditious conspiracy against the United States for holding public office in Pennsylvania.

State Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta and Chris Rabb, both D-Philadelphia, introduced two bills banning sedition among Pennsylvania’s elected officials.

The first bill is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would bar anyone convicted of a seditious conspiracy against the United States from being eligible for elected office in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, the law would also remove civil officers if convicted of seditious conspiracy against the United States.

The second bill would create a new offense and impose penalties under the Pennsylvania Penal Code for seditious conspiracy against the state.

“Misinformation has serious and dangerous consequences. Last year we saw thousands of seditionists storm the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. because they were told the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “said Kenyatta. “We cannot allow individuals who have engaged in seditious violence against our state and country to hold positions of public trust.”

“Disinformation spread by far-right Republicans radicalizes people into committing seditious acts of violence and betrayal,” Rabb said. “To ensure that these radical acts of violence do not continue to occur, there must be consequences for elected officials who spread misinformation.

Federal authorities have charged Proud Boys national president Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and Proud Boy Philadelphia chapter president Zachary Rehl, along with several other Proud Boy leaders, with seditious conspiracy.

Authorities allege the defendants planned and helped carry out some of the actions that occurred on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.

Hearings related to the January 6 incident are also underway in Washington.

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