Trump to Remain on California Ballot

( – California Secretary of State Shirley Weber decided to leave Trump’s name on the ballot in the infamously liberal state, despite pressure from Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to ban Trump in line with the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision. Maine joined Colorado in the ultra-leftist attempt to bar Trump from the ballot with its Secretary of State Shenna Bellows unilaterally declaring Trump in violation of the 14th Amendment and thus prohibited from competing in the 2024 election.

Both the Colorado Supreme Court and Bellows argue that Trump’s involvement in January 6th and the subsequent riot at the Capitol were technically “participating in an insurrection” and thus prohibit Trump from inclusion. The 14th Amendment was originally intended to block Confederate soldiers and officers from holding office in the aftermath of the Civil War, and very few non-Democrats consider the rowdy protest at the Capitol an attempted insurrection.

Most independent legal observers expect the SCOTUS to weigh in on the drama and given Trump’s status as innocent-until-proven-guilty it seems unlikely that he will be barred from competing in the 2024 contest.

Weber argued in her response to Kounalakis that taking someone off the ballot isn’t a simple matter, nor something she considers easily done. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) also argued that elections should be decided by votes made by the people. He called the attempt to bar Trump from the ballot “a political distraction,” when the larger picture should be beating Trump in the general election.

Michigan also decided that Trump will remain on the ballot whereas Maine’s Secretary of State unilaterally removed him. Bellows acknowledged that her move was entirely unprecedented in the history of Maine elections. She also repeated the false claim that Trump “engaged in insurrection” on January 6th. Trump has neither been tried for nor convicted of insurrection.

The Maine and Colorado decisions virtually guarantee input from the SCOTUS, with the Colorado court even staying its own decision pending input from the high court.

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