California’s Democrat SOS Refuses to Remove Trump from Ballot

California’s Democrat Secretary of State Shirley Weber has refused to bow to pressure from the Left and remove President Donald Trump from the Republican primary ballot.

Some top California Democrats have been calling for the state’s voters to be denied to right to vote for Trump in the 2024 election as President Joe Biden gets trounced in the polls.

As Slay News reported last week, California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, a Democrat, called for Weber to strike Trump from the ballot following the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to do the same.

Kounalakis falsely claims that the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment disqualifies him from holding office.

However, Trump has never been convicted of an “insurrection,” nor have any such efforts to overthrow the government taken place during his time in politics.

Weber responded to the lieutenant governor’s request without clarifying whether she would follow through and remove Trump’s name from the pool of candidates.

But on Thursday night, the secretary of state’s office released the list of certified candidates, showing Trump on the ballot, CBS Los Angeles reported.

While Weber didn’t comment on her refusal to go along with some Democrats’ calls for Trump’s removal, she wrote a letter to Kounalakis last week about the issue.

“Removing a candidate from the ballot under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment is not something my office takes lightly and is not as simple as the requirement that a person be at least 35 years old to be president,” she wrote.

Multiple top California Democrats joined Kounalakis’ request for Trump’s removal from the ballot.

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom, however, did not support the plan to “save democracy” by limiting voters’ choices.

Newsom, who has been floated as a potential future Democrat presidential candidate, slammed the idea of kicking Trump off the primary ballot.

“There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a threat to our liberties and even to our democracy,” Newsom claimed.

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“But in California, we defeat candidates at the polls.

“Everything else is a political distraction.”

Meanwhile, Trump is back on the ballot in Colorado for the time being after the state’s Republican Party appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump, the Republican frontrunner, will remain on the state’s ballot “unless the Supreme Court declines to take the case or otherwise affirms the Colorado Supreme Court ruling,” Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office said on Thursday.

Just hours after the 45th president was put back on Colorado’s ballot, however, another blue state removed him from its ballot.

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said Thursday that Trump is “disqualified” from the state’s primary ballot.

Bellows is also deceitfully arguing that Trump violated the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause due to his conduct leading up to the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6, 2021.

Trump’s team blasted Maine’s move to remove the Republican Party’s leading candidate from the ballot and vowed to take legal action.

In a statement, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said:

“We will quickly file a legal objection in state court to prevent this atrocious decision in Maine from taking effect, and President Trump will never stop fighting to Make America Great Again.”

Trump is currently leading Republican candidates in national primary polls by over 50 points.

He is also polling ahead of President Joe Biden by around two points, according to the latest Real Clear Politics average.

The 2024 primary season kicks off with the Iowa caucuses on January 15 and the New Hampshire primary on January 23.

READ MORE: Calls Mount for Maine SOS Bellows’ Disqualification on Ballot Ruling as Past Displays of Anti-Trump Bias Emerge

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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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