Former President Donald J. Trump will appear on California’s 2024 primary ballot despite calls from the state’s Democrats to remove him. The decision, made by California’s Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, comes as other blue states have taken the leap of disqualifying Trump and disenfranchising millions of American voters.
“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,” Weber wrote.
Last week, California’s far-left Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis called on Weber to remove Trump from the state’s ballot after Colorado’s Supreme Court stunned the country by ruling that Trump is disqualified from the presidency for his supposed role on January 6, 2021. Last night, Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows followed suit, unilaterally deciding Trump would be off the ballot.
“The Twenty-Second Amendment provides that ‘[n]o person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.’ Attorney Gordon claims that given Mr. Trump won the 2016 election, and has repeatedly claimed to have won the 2020 election, he is disqualified. Attorney Gordon cites no authority for his interpretation of the Twenty-Second Amendment, which is contrary to the Amendment’s plain meaning. Application of the term limit turns on whether an individual has actually been elected President twice, not on beliefs or assertions about that fact.”
“The events of January 6, 2021 were unprecedented and tragic,” Bellows continued. “They were an attack not only upon the Capitol and government officials, but also an attack on the rule of law. The evidence here demonstrates that they occurred at the behest of, and with the knowledge and support of, the outgoing President. The U.S. Constitution does not tolerate an assault on the foundations of our government.”
U.S. Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) condemned the decision of Bellows.
A little over an hour after the decision was announced, Golden released a statement in which he noted that he voted to impeach the former president for his role in the “January 6th insurrection.”
“I do not believe he should be re-elected as President of the United States,” Golden wrote. “However, we are a nation of laws, therefore until he is found guilty of the crime of insurrection, he should be allowed on the ballot.”