Cicilline doesn’t trust the American people.
Whatever your view of Donald Trump and/or David Cicilline, take a moment to think about the underlying perspective required for a position like this:
Democratic Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is leading an effort to ban former President Donald Trump from holding public office again.
If this means anything, it means that Cicilline wants to forbid the American people from electing Donald Trump. That means Cicilline believes either (A) the American people can’t be trusted not to operate an actually representative democracy or (B) he doesn’t trust our electoral system to accurately reflect the will of the people.
In fairness, Cicilline is pretty much guaranteed election for the rest of his life in Rhode Island, so he has good reason to be cynical about the effectiveness of elections.