California official seeks to remove Trump from ballot after landmark Colorado decision

The barrier has officially been broken after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled to bar Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot in that state.

A Democratic state official in California is now calling for the former president's access to that state to be removed, citing a Colorado court's finding that Mr. Trump had participated in an insurgency through his support and tangential leadership of the mob that attacked the USA. Capitol Hill on January 6, attempting to stop the election certification process.

The Deputy Governor Eleni Kounalaki sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs inviting her to take a similar decision in the next few days. California's deadline to certify ballots for the upcoming 2024 primary is this coming week.

“[T]the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in Anderson v. Griswold… that Trump's rebellion disqualifies him under Article Three of the Fourteenth Amendment from running for presidential reelection. Because the candidate is ineligible, the court ruled, it would be a “wrongdoing” for the Colorado Secretary of State to include him as a candidate on the state's presidential ballot.”

Ms. Kounalaki added in an interview with local news outlet KCRA 3 that the final decision is in the hands of the secretary of state's office. Shirley Weber, California's Secretary of State, did not respond to requests for comment from the news outlet on Wednesday.

“We will all wait and see what Dr. Weber decides to do. We understand that it is her call,” Ms. Kounalaki said.

Barring Mr. Trump from the ballot in Colorado is almost certain to set up a battle before the U.S. Supreme Court before primaries are held in the coming weeks. More states — particularly those where Democrats control state government — are likely to at least try to remove Trump from the ballot.

Supporters of the idea note that Republicans in Congress have refused to convict Mr. Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors because he was no longer in office when the second impeachment trial took place. some of those directly involved in the rebellion, such as the leaders of the right-wing Oathkeepers militia, were convicted of sedition conspiracy in their individual trials.

Others, such as The Bastion Sarah Longwell, have argued that whether or not Mr. Trump's actions fit the bill of an “insurrection,” the court-ordered exclusion from the ballot only serves to fuel an air of illegality hanging over the electoral system of the USA like a dark cloud. thanks in part because of the former president's ongoing false claims of election fraud.

The former president is even less likely to win California in a general election than he is to win Colorado. The real danger for the former president is the opportunity it presents to his primary challengers, such as Ron DeSandis and Nikki Haley — and the prospect that he could be off the ballot in a swing state in the future.

Mr Trump remains charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of official proceedings in response to the events of January 6; he faces a total of 91 felony charges related to that case and four more brought by prosecutors after his presidency ended .

In the months after the January 6th attack, the House committee investigating the siege found that Trump White House officials knew their supporters were likely to turn violent in the days leading up to the 6th. There was also substantial evidence that Trump refused to work with congressional leadership to deploy the D.C. National Guard during the attack itself, while ignoring desperate pleas from his allies to withdraw his supporters.