The GOP has had enough of liberals in blue states trying to rig the presidential election by keeping Donald Trump off the ballot. Now they’re saying two can play this dangerous game.
Get ready for liberals to claim only they are allowed to “defend democracy” by keeping off candidates they don’t like.
Just The News reports:
As challenges are brought to disqualify Trump from 2024 GOP primary ballots in more than 30 states for allegedly instigating an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, Republicans are suggesting that Biden should be removed from the ballot in response, but because of the increased volume of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. through the southern border.
The challenges against Trump have been made under the insurrection clauses of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era amendment that hasn’t previously been used to disqualify a presidential candidate, Axios reported. The insurrection clauses do not specify whether a criminal conviction is necessary as a prerequisite. There have been candidates – albeit on the fringes – who have appeared on presidential ballots despite criminal convictions. Lyndon LaRouche ran his 1992 campaign from behind prison bars after a fraud conviction, and more famously, Eugene V. Debs ran his 1920 campaign from prison after being convicted of sedition. He garnered nearly a million votes.
Those challenging Trump’s eligibility to be on the primary ballot claim that the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, was an insurrection that Trump initiated. Trump was impeached by the Democrat-led House following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but was acquitted by the Senate.
The only two successful challenges thus far are in Maine and Colorado, with an appeal of the latter to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court next month. Trump has appealed the Maine decision made by the secretary of state.
Republican leaders in Missouri have started the process of removing Joe Biden from the ballot in their respective states.
“While I expect the Supreme Court to overturn this, if not, Secretaries of State will step in & ensure the new legal standard for @realDonaldTrump applies equally to @JoeBiden!,” Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wrote on Twitter.
Ashcroft stated that he would have no option but to hit Democrats back if the Supreme Court did not toss out their plan to keep the former president off the ballot.
“I’m not in favor of going down this path. But if we will go down this path, it’s inevitable, if the Supreme Court does not stop this,” Ashcroft told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The rules will be applied equally. I just hope they will not be the rules of Colorado and Maine.”
The move to fight back Democratic ballot games comes as the party’s major contention by the January 6 Committee, that Donald Trump planned to join the mob at the Capitol and thus was guilty of “insurrection,” has begun to fall apart.
Just the News has also reported that documents from the Secret Service show that the president had no intention of going to Capitol Hill.
The outlet writes, “It has become one of the enduring messages of the House Democrats’ final report on the Jan. 6 riot: Donald Trump had a plan and an intention to go directly to the U.S. Capitol to join those disrupting the certification of the 2020 election results.
The Committee’s principal concern was that the president actually intended to participate personally in the January 6th efforts at the Capitol, leading the attempt to overturn the election either from inside the House Chamber, from a stage outside the Capitol, or otherwise,” the committee wrote in its final report in December, 2022.
The Democratic Party’s narrative is further undercut by internal Secret Service documents reviewed by Just the News, which show there was no plan heading into the Jan. 6 event to take Trump to the Capitol.
An accompanying PowerPoint created by the Secret Service laid out all the security provisions for the event, and it like the plan made no mention of a stop at the Capitol.”
The Secret Service only had agents there to protect Pence, who went to to the Capitol to preside over the vote count. His security detail eventually “relocated” the vice president to a secure location once the building was breached by the crowd outside.