The United States Constitution sets out the eligibility requirements for individuals running for the office of President. According to Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution, a person must meet the following criteria to be eligible to run for President:
- Be a natural-born citizen of the United States.
- Be at least 35 years old.
- Have been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years.
The Constitution does not mention felony convictions as a disqualification for running for President. Therefore, a felon can run for President as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria.
As a matter of fact, this occurred in 1920. Eugene V. Debs ran for President and received 3.4 percent of the popular vote while in prison!
Mac discusses the controversies surrounding Trump, Biden and the current state of affairs.