GA Sec of State: Don’t Take Trump Off the Ballot, It’ll Make His Supporters Mad
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that invoking the 14th Amendment to prevent former President Donald Trump from seeking a second term in the White House would only reinforce voter grievances about the U.S. election process.
There are people trying to make the move to remove Trump from state ballots in the 2024 presidential election, they are ramping up nationwide after critics argued the leading Republican contender is constitutionally disqualified from serving as president for allegedly engaging in “insurrection” against the United States.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to take Trump’s name from the ballot in Colorado under the 14th Amendment. They accuse the former president of violating Section 3, which bars anyone from running for office who had previously taken an oath of office, then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Raffensperger pushed back against such efforts in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, arguing that “grievances of those who see the system as rigged and corrupt” would only be exacerbated if a secretary of state removed a candidate from a state ballot and “erode the belief in our uniquely American representative democracy.”
Raffensperger pushed back against such efforts, arguing that “grievances of those who see the system as rigged and corrupt” would only be exacerbated if a secretary of state removed a candidate from a state ballot and “erode the belief in our uniquely American representative democracy.”
“Since 2018, Georgia has seen losing candidates and their lawyers try to sue their way to victory. It doesn’t work,” Raffensperger said. “Stacey Abrams’s claims of election mismanagement following the 2018 election were rejected in court, as were Mr. Trump’s after the 2020 election.”
The Trump campaign called a lawsuit seeking to ban the former president from the ballot in Colorado a political attack based on an “absurd conspiracy theory.”
“The people who are pursuing this absurd conspiracy theory and political attack on President Trump are stretching the law beyond recognition,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung told ABC News in a statement. “There is no legal basis for this effort except in the minds of those who are pushing it.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rebuked the use of the 14th Amendment to keep former President Donald Trump off state ballots, calling it "the newest way of attempting to short-circuit the ballot box." https://t.co/7YoJTJJAgd
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