Anti-Trump forces claim they are defending democracy.
Their actions show that is a lie.
And Donald Trump got blindsided by this attempt to kick him off the ballot in 2024.
So-called “legal scholars” continue to advance a fringe theory that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment bars Donald Trump from serving as President, which means that states can remove his name from the ballot.
Congress ratified the 14th Amendment following the Civil War and Section 3 states that no one involved in insurrection or rebellion against the United States can ever hold office again.
Trump haters falsely claim that the events of January 6 meet this threshold and thus states can ban Trump from the 2024 ballot.
New Hampshire Republican Secretary of State, David Scanlon, met with the Attorney General about the possibility of removing Trump from the state’s Primary ballot using Section 3 of the 14th Amendment as the basis.
But facing tremendous pressure from the grassroots, Scanlon backed down and claimed he was only asking for legal advice on the matter.
“Not being a lawyer and not wanting to make a decision in a vacuum, I will be soliciting some legal opinions on what is appropriate or not before I make any decision,” Scanlan said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “I have some in-house staff attorneys that are election experts. I will be asking the attorney general’s office for their input. And ultimately whatever is decided is probably going to require some judicial input.”
Scanlon added that he was “not seeking to remove any names from the Presidential primary ballot, and I have not said that I am seeking to remove any names from the Presidential primary ballot.”
The Secretary of State claimed he only took the issue of barring Trump from the ballot to the Attorney General after failed 2018 Republican Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner brought the matter to his attention.
“I listened, just as I would listen to anybody that wants to come in with issues related to any candidate’s qualifications one way or the other,” Scanlan stated. “I intend to be prepared by seeking appropriate legal input so that when the time comes to make a decision on those challenges, to qualifications, that I can respond appropriately with the facts.”
New Hampshire GOP Chairman Chris Ager blasted the idea of even considering taking Trump’s name off the ballot by using a fringe legal theory.
“Efforts to deny New Hampshire Republican primary voters a full slate of options are antithetical to our ‘live free or die’ spirit. The New Hampshire State Republican Party will fight all efforts to eliminate candidates from our primary ballot. I have confidence in our secretary of state and attorney general to make the right decisions. Let voters decide the nominee, not a weaponized federal justice system using tortured logic,” Ager declared.
The so-called “defenders of democracy” are nothing of the sort.
By promoting theories to kick Trump off the ballot, they want to destroy the fundamental principle that undermines democracy – that the people are the ones who get to choose their leaders at the ballot box.
Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.