Arkansas Blocks Foreign ‘Young Turks’ Host Cenk Uygur from Democrat Presidential Primary Ballot

Turkish radical leftist Cenk Uygur has been blocked from appearing on the Democrat 2024 presidential primary ballot by Arkansas election officials.

Uygur, who was born in Turkey, insists that he can overcome the U.S. Constitution by running for president.

The Constitution is clear that a U.S. president must be born in America, which Uygur wasn’t.

The requirements for president a, in fact, very simple: A candidate must be at least 35 years old and “a natural born citizen.”

However, Uygur argues that the Constitution’s requirements amount to “bigotry.”

Why someone with so little respect for the Constitution would believe they are suitable to be POTUS isn’t clear.

The determination comes weeks after Uygur proclaimed that he had become the first naturalized citizen on a presidential ballot after filing paperwork with the state and the Arkansas Democratic Party.

Uygur’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey when he was 8.

“My office has received your candidate filing paperwork,” Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston said in a letter to Uygur.

“However, based on your own proclamation, you are not qualified to hold the elected office for which you filed.

“Therefore, I cannot, in good faith, certify your name to the ballot.”

Several other states, including the early primary states of New Hampshire and Nevada, also have rejected his application to appear on their ballots.

Uygur said officials were treating naturalized citizens as “second-class.”

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He has argued that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution makes him eligible to run for president.

“This is the last form of acceptable bigotry in American society and I’m going to fight it with every fiber of my being,” Uygur said in a statement.

“I’m not going to accept that I don’t belong in my own country.”

Uygur is the co-creator of the far-left online news and commentary show “The Young Turks.”

He announced in October he was challenging President Joe Biden for the Democrat nomination.

Uygur previously made a failed bid for a California congressional seat.

Reed Brewer, a spokesman for the Arkansas Democratic Party, said that based on past court rulings, the party didn’t have the authority to determine whether Uygur was eligible for the ballot.

“Because of the vagaries of state law, rejecting a filing is simply not an option for us,” Brewer said.

Brewer said he didn’t know whether the party would refund Ugyur his $2,500 filing fee.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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