Trump-era official Mick Mulvaney floats idea of a constitutional amendment to block older Americans from running for election

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Mick Mulvaney has floated the idea of a constitutional amendment to bar older Americans from running for public office or serving as an Article III judge.

“Consider something along the lines of the following: ‘It shall be unlawful for any person to stand for federal election after that person has reached 75 years of age. Furthermore, it shall be unlawful for any Article III judge to serve after reaching the age of 75,'” Mulvaney wrote.

He acknowledged that ratification of such an amendment would render both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump ineligible to run in 2024. Currently, the two men are the clear frontrunners in their respective parties’ presidential primaries.

“Ratification would immediately upend both the 2024 presidential election, as both Joe Biden (80) and Donald Trump (77) would be disqualified. Justice Clarence Thomas (75) would be forced to retire. And roughly 20 percent of the U.S. Senate, including Mitch McConnell (81), Bernie Sanders (81), and Joe Manchin (76), would be prohibited from running for re-election,” Mulvaney noted.

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“Provisions could be made to phase over time or to take effect years after ratification, if the immediate impact is deemed too dramatic. But that is what amendments are supposed to be: dramatic changes that have very broad support,” he added.

Mulvaney served as Office of Management and Budget director during part of Trump’s administration. He also served as acting White House chief of staff, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and as U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland.

Mulvaney, who served as a lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to his time in the Trump administration, chose to resign from his special envoy to Northern Ireland post after the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

In a post on Truth Social earlier this year, Trump referred to Mulvaney as “uncharismatic” and “a born loser.”

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