Trump Removed from the Ballot? Democracy or Desperation? The Controversial Attempt to Block Trump’s Re-Election

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Trump was removed from the Ballot in the State of Colorado and Maine as a Presidential Candidate. Why? Who is behind this move?
12-19-2023
Colorado supreme court disqualifies Trump from state’s 2024 ballot
  • PThe Guardian
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  • The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump is ineligible to run for office again under the US Constitution's insurrection clause, marking the first time a presidential candidate has been deemed unqualified for office based on this provision.
  • The decision orders Trump's removal from the state's presidential primary ballot, citing his engagement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
  • The 4-3 ruling sets the stage for a potential showdown in the US Supreme Court to determine whether the Capitol attack qualifies as an insurrection and if Trump's involvement disqualifies him from running.
  • Trump plans to appeal, asserting confidence in the US Supreme Court ruling in his favor.
12-20-2023
Meet the Republican leading the effort to get Donald Trump off state ballots
  • P9 News Colorado
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  • Norma Anderson, a former Republican state lawmaker, is one of six individuals who filed a lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold to prevent former President Donald Trump from appearing on Colorado's primary ballot.
  • The case, known as Anderson v. Griswold, resulted in the Colorado Supreme Court opining that Trump is an insurrectionist and thus ineligible to hold office. The court cited Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies a candidate if they engage in insurrection after taking an oath to support the Constitution.
  • The court's 4-3 decision disqualifying Trump from the Colorado primary ballot is currently on hold until January 4, pending an appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
  • The legal proceedings in Colorado are influencing other states, with challenges emerging in Maine and California to keep Trump off primary ballots. Despite criticism from the Colorado GOP, Anderson remains committed to her stance against Trump, citing concerns about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
12-28-2023
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
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  • The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Biden’s job performance.
  • Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.
  • The latest figures include 25% who Strongly Approve of the job Biden is doing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove.
  • This gives Biden a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. (see trends)
12-19-2023
Anderson V Griswold - Election Law - 14th Amendment - 1st Amendment - Political Question - Hearsay
  • PColorado Supreme Court
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  • Chief Justice Boatright dissented because she believed that the majority opinion was wrong in its interpretation of Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. She argued that Section Three does not apply to the President and that the majority's decision would have the effect of disenfranchising millions of voters.
  • Justice Samour dissented because she believed that the majority opinion was wrong in its conclusion that President Trump's speech on January 6th was not protected by the First Amendment. She argued that the majority's decision would have a chilling effect on free speech.
  • Justice Berkenkotter dissented because she believed that the majority opinion was wrong in its conclusion that the district court had jurisdiction to hear the Electors' case. She argued that the Electors' claims were nonjusticiable because they raised political questions.
4 YES  - 3 NO
12/20/2023
There’s A Direct Line Between Joe Biden’s Deep State And Trump Getting Removed From Colorado’s Ballot
  • PThe Daily Caller - James Lynch
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  • CREW, a left-wing legal organization linked to the Biden administration, led the effort to remove Donald Trump from Colorado's GOP primary ballot.
  • CREW President Noah Bookbinder is a member of the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), providing real-time advice to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
  • Bookbinder, a former DOJ trial attorney, celebrated the Colorado Supreme Court's decision, citing the Constitution's bar on those attacking democracy.
  • Bookbinder, a donor to Obama's re-election, was appointed to HSAC in March 2022 and attended meetings focused on issues like disinformation and artificial intelligence.
  • He questioned transparency in DHS's "disinformation" operations in an August 2022 meeting and worked on a report for DHS transparency in March 2023.
  • The report suggests increasing funding for transparency initiatives, addressing FOIA requests, and monitoring facilities for detained immigrants; both CREW and DHS didn't respond to requests for comment.
12-28-2023
Colorado Republicans appeal to supreme court after Trump disqualified from state ballot
  • PThe Guardian
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  1. Legal Challenge by Colorado GOP:
    • The Colorado Republican Party has sought intervention from the US Supreme Court after the Colorado supreme court disqualified former President Donald Trump from the state's Republican primary ballot, reversing a previous decision to keep him on the ballot
  2. Reason for Disqualification:
    • The Colorado court's decision was based on Trump's alleged role in the 6 January 2021 Capitol attack, barring him under a constitutional provision that prohibits individuals who have "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" from holding public office.
  3. Appeal Expected from Trump:
    • Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican 2024 presidential nomination, is expected to file his own appeal. The state high court had temporarily suspended its decision, allowing Trump to remain on the ballot pending an appeal.
  4. Historic Use of Fourteenth Amendment:
    • The Colorado court's ruling marked the first instance in history where Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment was applied to declare a presidential candidate ineligible. The court determined that Trump's actions in inciting violence at the Capitol constituted engaging in insurrection, making him ineligible for the White House.
12/28/2023
Trump disqualified from Maine 2024 Republican primary ballot
  • PFox News
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  • The Maine Republican Party condemned a ruling by Secretary of State Shenna Bellows that removed Donald Trump from the state's ballot, labeling it an attack on democracy.
  • Shenna Bellows, formerly named the most progressive Senate candidate, faced criticism for unilaterally excluding Trump from the ballot.
  • The Maine GOP vowed to fight the decision in court, potentially escalating the case to the Supreme Court, and expressed a willingness to use a caucus system to prevent interference. - Democratic Representative Jared Golden, who voted to impeach Trump, criticized the ruling despite his opposition to Trump's reelection.
  • The FBI and Denver police are investigating threats against Colorado judges involved in a similar decision barring Trump from the state's ballots, highlighting heightened tensions surrounding election disputes.
  • Accusations of Democrats undermining democracy by removing Trump's name and concerns about the trust in free and fair elections are central themes in the controversy.
12/27/2023
Michigan supreme court rules that Trump will stay on state ballot
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  • PThe Guardian
  • The Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit aimed at removing Donald Trump from the state's ballot in the 2024 presidential election.
  • The lawsuit was filed by Free Speech for the People, with the court citing procedural grounds for its decision.
  • Ron Fein, legal director of the group, expressed disappointment but emphasized that the decision only applies within Michigan.
  • Free Speech for the People plans to continue legal actions in other states to enforce Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment against Trump.
  • Michigan, a key battleground state, is crucial in the 2024 election, with its primary scheduled for February 27.
  • Trump celebrated the court order on Truth Social, portraying it as a victory against a "Desperate Democrat attempt.
12/29/2023
Maine Secretary of State Decision to Remove Trump from the Ballot
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  • PMaine Secretary of State
  • The document is about the nomination petition of Donald Trump for President of the United States.
  • There are three challenges to the petition, all based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • The challenges allege that Trump is disqualified from holding office because he engaged in insurrection on January 6, 2021.
  • Trump denies the allegations.
  • The Secretary of State finds that Trump’s petition is invalid because he is not qualified to hold office under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.
12/28/2023
Tracking Section 3 Trump Disqualification Challenges
  • PLawfare Media
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  • Legal discussions surrounding Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and its potential use to disqualify Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential election began shortly after the events of January 6, 2021.
  • Debates focused on whether Section 3 applies to a former president, its self-executing nature, and whether the Capitol attack qualifies as an insurrection or rebellion.
  • Following Trump's acquittal in February 2021, Section 3 challenges emerged against various legislators, leading to the removal of a county commissioner involved in the attack.
  • The House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack referred Trump to the Justice Department for prosecution, and the Special Counsel’s Office filed a criminal case in Washington, D.C.
  • From winter 2023, voters and advocacy groups initiated Section 3 challenges across the U.S., aiming to prevent Trump's inclusion on state primary ballots; Colorado's Supreme Court was the first to rule Trump disqualified, with an expected appeal.
  • This tracking project monitors active Section 3 litigation in different states to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot, acknowledging variations in legal theories and procedural postures.
11-3-2020
2020 Red State / Blue State Election Map
  • PWikipedia
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Of all 14th amendment based cases that have been brought against Donald J. Trump, 19 of the cases are in Blue States and 8 of the cases are in Red States, based on the alleged outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
12/29/2023
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution
  • PCongress.gov
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Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection and Other Rights Section 3 Disqualification from Holding Office

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
12/28/2023
Definition of Incitement
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Definition: the act of encouraging someone to do or feel something unpleasant or violent:
  • They were imprisoned for incitement to commit grievous bodily harm.
  • There are laws against incitement of racial hatred.
12-20-2023
Definition of Insurrection
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  • This article defines insurrection as an organized and often violent revolt against a government, elaborating on the legal aspects of insurrection in the United States under 18 U.S. Code §2383.
  • It explains that federal law permits the president to employ the armed forces to suppress insurrection, with historical instances of such measures being invoked by presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • The Insurrection Act, originating from legislation in 1795 and 1807, has been amended over the years and has been used in various historical events, including civil rights struggles and protests against police brutality.
  • The article also cites the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack as a notable contemporary example of "insurrection" despite video footage which clearly demonstrates the event to simply not fit the definition
3-26-2020
Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections
  • Article
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  • In advance of the 2020 Presidential election, KILL CHAIN: THE CYBER WAR ON AMERICA’S ELECTIONS takes a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology, investigating the startling vulnerabilities in America’s voting systems and the alarming risks they pose to our democracy.
  • From filmmakers Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Sarah Teale, the team behind HBO’s 2006 Emmy®-nominated documentary “Hacking Democracy,” and producer Michael Hirschorn, KILL CHAIN follows Finnish hacker and cyber security expert Harri Hursti as he travels around the world and across the U.S. to show how our election systems remain dangerously unprotected.
01-16-2006
Hacking Democracy
  • Video
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  • The film the voting machine corporations don’t want you to see.
  • HACKING DEMOCRACY follows tenacious Seattle grandmother / investigator, Bev Harris, and her band of extraordinary citizen-activists as they set out to answer one simple question: How does America count its votes?
  • Proving America's votes can be stolen without a trace culminates in a duel between the Diebold corporation's voting machines and a computer hacker from Finland – with America’s democracy at stake
2014
Rocky Mountain Heist
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  1. Documentary Overview:
    • "Rocky Mountain Heist" details a real conspiracy involving multimillionaires and a billionaire in Colorado. It focuses on a secretive group, known as the "gang of four," comprising Congressman Jared Polis, Tim Gill, Rutt Bridges, and Pat Stryker, who aimed to shift the state's political landscape from Republican to Democrat through organized financing of leftist organizations.
  2. Political Impact:
    • The "Colorado model" successfully influenced state government control and congressional seats, leading to the passage of progressive policies. Left-leaning politicians enacted legislation on firearm regulation, renewable energy, taxes, and same-day voter registration. The documentary suggests that the success of this model inspired similar efforts in other states, including Texas and Virginia.
  3. Republican Alienation:
    • The documentary acknowledges that the Republican Party in Colorado faced criticism for its stance on social issues, such as abortion bans and antigay legislation. It argues that the alienation of voters was primarily due to Republicans advocating controversial policies rather than solely the influence of the gang of four or Democrats.
  4. Changing Republican Landscape:
    • The documentary notes a shift within the Colorado Republican Party, attributing it to the gang of four's strategy and changing voter preferences. Efforts by Tim Gill, who is gay, to counter perceived bigotry within the Republican Party are portrayed as having succeeded, with indications that the party is becoming more accepting of gay rights. The documentary also suggests that recent Democrat successes may lead to a reformed Republican party focused on economic liberty and appealing to younger and liberty-minded voters.
2-4-2021
TIME: The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election
  • Article
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  • The article reveals an unprecedented coalition's behind-the-scenes efforts to "safeguard" the 2020 U.S. presidential election against disruptions and misinformation.
  • Led by AFL-CIO senior adviser Mike Podhorzer, the coalition included left-wing activists, business leaders like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and bipartisan groups.
  • Their comprehensive strategy involved overhauling election infrastructure, combating online disinformation, fostering public awareness, deploying election defenders, and forging unlikely alliances.
  • The collaborative campaign succeeded in countering misinformation, promoting voter participation, and ensuring a united front against potential post-election challenges.
2022
2000 Mules
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01/06/2021
Donald Trump's speech on January 6th 2021
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The Speech that allegedly sparked what has also been alleged to be an "insurrection"

Donald J Trump Removed from the Ballot in Colorado and Maine with seventeen states following

This episode of LCP LIVE will take a deep dive into the unprecedented move to remove Donald J. Trump from the ballot in Colorado as a candidate for president.

We will examine the claims made against him, analyze the court documents themselves, while we also examine the individuals and groups behind this effort. What we will discover will likely shock you but probably won’t surprise you.

Comparing and Contrasting Putin and Trump:

Similarities:

  • Populist Leadership: Both leaders rose to power by tapping into populist sentiment, often using nationalist rhetoric and appealing to grievances felt by specific segments of their respective populations.
  • Disdain for Institutions: Both Putin and Trump have shown a willingness to bypass or undermine established institutions and norms, whether it be the media, the judiciary, or democratic processes.
  • Authoritarian Tendencies: Both leaders have been accused of consolidating power and curtailing freedoms, with concerns about political repression and suppression of dissent.
  • Control of Media: Both have sought to control the narrative by discrediting independent media and promoting state-controlled outlets.
  • Foreign Policy: Both have taken a more assertive approach to foreign policy, challenging the existing international order and pursuing national interests aggressively.

Differences:

  • Background and Experience: Putin is a career intelligence officer with extensive experience in foreign policy and statecraft, while Trump came from a business background with little involvement in politics before his candidacy.
  • Political System: Putin operates within a relatively centralized and authoritarian system, while Trump governed within a democratic framework with checks and balances.
  • Personality and Style: Putin is known for his calculated and reserved demeanor, while Trump is more spontaneous and outspoken, often resorting to inflammatory rhetoric.
  • Economic Policy: Putin has overseen a more state-controlled economy, while Trump pursued deregulation and tax cuts for businesses.
  • International Relations: While Putin has adopted a more confrontational approach towards the West, Trump’s policy was more unpredictable and vacillated between cooperation and tension.

Direct Relations Before 2016:

There is no publicly confirmed evidence of direct business dealings between Putin and Trump before 2016. However, several potential connections have been investigated, including:

  • Trump Organization’s pursuit of business ventures in Russia: Trump sought to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2000s, although the project ultimately fell through.
  • Possible financial ties between Trump associates and Russian individuals: Investigations by the US Special Counsel looked into financial connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian individuals, but ultimately did not establish criminal conspiracy.
  • Allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election: The US intelligence community concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump’s candidacy, but the extent of any direct collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia remains a matter of debate.

It is important to note that these are just some potential connections, and no definitive conclusions have been reached. The nature and extent of any pre-2016 relationship between Putin and Trump remains a subject of ongoing investigation and public debate.

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