Trump Opponents Fail Once Again

Trump Opponents Fail Once Again

( – Former US President Donald Trump has faced ballot access challenges across the United States, prompting the Supreme Court to put the issue on its schedule. However, Massachusetts shot down an effort to remove Trump from primary ballots in the state, ahead of the top court’s decision on the issue.

On January 22, the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission rejected a challenge to Trump’s primary ballot access, citing a lack of jurisdiction. Massachusetts will hold both its Republican Party and Democratic Party primary elections on March 5, as part of the so-called Super Tuesday.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Amy Carnevale issued a statement applauding the commission’s decision, arguing that removing Trump from the ballot would have “undercut” the democratic process.

Trump has faced ballot access challenges in more than a dozen states due to claims that he is constitutionally disqualified from holding public office by the 14th Amendment. The challenges cite Section 3 of the amendment, which prohibits anyone who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding public office.

Trump’s opponents point to his alleged culpability for the breach of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as reason to remove him from the ballots under the 14th Amendment.

The US Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump’s appeal of a Colorado Supreme Court decision, which ruled in favor of excluding him from the ballot. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has said it will not take up Trump’s appeal of Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision to keep him off the ballot until the US Supreme Court rules on the Colorado case.

The ballot access issues have not yet prevented Trump from advancing on his path toward the Republican Party presidential nomination. Trump won both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary election despite his pending legal issues.

Although Trump received less than one-third of the votes in Massachusetts in the 2020 general election, it appears as though Republican voters in the state will at least get a chance to voice their support for him as the party’s 2024 nominee.

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