California Governor Gavin Newsom has stated that he will not support efforts to keep Donald Trump off the state’s primary ballot, despite his strong opposition to Trump.
Newsom emphasized the importance of letting voters decide and called other actions a political distraction.
This follows the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that Trump should be excluded from the state’s ballot based on the insurrection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (Trending: Joe Biden Emailed Hunter’s Business Associates 54 Times)
“There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a threat to our liberties and even to our democracy, but in California, we defeat candidates at the polls. Everything else is a political distraction,” wrote Newsom.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled “in a 4-3 opinion that the Constitution’s ‘Insurrection Clause’ prohibits former President Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot for the presidency in 2024.”
According to the ruling, “The court found by clear and convincing evidence that President Trump engaged in insurrection as those terms are used in Section Three” of the Fourteenth Amendment.
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Additionally, California Lieutenant Gov. Eleni Kounalakis has expressed interest in exploring options to remove Trump’s name from the ballot, citing the Colorado ruling and emphasizing the need to uphold the rule of law and protect democratic principles.
Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is also reportedly considering whether to exclude Trump from the state’s primary ballot.
California Lieutenant Gov. Eleni Kounalakis wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Shirley Weber that the ruling “is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy.”
Kounalakis said the decision “can be the basis for a similar decision here in our state. The constitution is clear: you must be 35 years old and not be an insurrectionist.”
“California must stand on the right side of history,” wrote Kounalakis.
The office of Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows wrote in a statement, “The challengers have the burden of providing sufficient evidence to invalidate the petition.”
“At the hearing there will be an opportunity for both the challengers and the candidate to present oral testimony of witnesses as well as additional documentary evidence, and to make oral argument pertaining to the challenge in light of that evidence,” continued the statement.
The challengers complained in their court filing that Donald Trump “engaged in insurrection” and is “now ineligible to hold any office, civil or military, under the United States.”
“Trump is not eligible to hold the office of President of the United States, his declaration is false, and his consent and primary petitions are void,” read the filing.