Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) responded to the decisions from legislators in Colorado and Maine to exclude former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballots, arguing that the decision should be in the hands of the voters instead.
Warren was speaking in an interview with local station WCVB-TV when the topic came up. She said she agreed with the claim that Trump had “participated in an insurrection,” which both Maine’s secretary of state Shenna Bellows as well as four of the seven members of Colorado’s Supreme Court alleged.
In spite of these allegations, Trump has not been convicted of nor even charged with attempting to carry out an insurrection. In August of 2021, the FBI announced in a report that they had found “scant” evidence that the January 6 Capitol incident was part of a plot to mount an insurrection against the U.S. government or instigated by then-President Donald Trump
“I want to beat him at the ballot box,” Warren told WCVB-TV. “I want to see this resolved at the ballot box because I don’t want there to be any question about the legitimacy of it,” she added, again criticizing Trump for claiming that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review an appeal from President Trump relating to the Colorado court’s ruling, which removed him from the ballot in December. Arguments are scheduled to be heard in February.
Also last month, Secretary of State Bellows, a Democrat, followed the Colorado Supreme Court, claiming that President Trump’s actions following the 2020 election and the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach constituted “engagement in insurrection.” Both Bellows and the Colorado Supreme Court based their arguments on the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, citing Jan. 6 as reason for barring him from the ballot.
The decisions have been stayed in their respective states until the appeals process comes to an end. They have also garnered significant pushback both from Trump’s allies and some of his opponents.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to do the same to President Biden in his home state. “I’m actually looking at this in Florida now. Could we make a credible case that Biden, because of the invasion of eight million?” DeSantis said, referring to the illegal immigrants who have crossed the southern border.
“No, he shouldn’t be taken off the ballot and the Supreme Court needs to rule quickly before other states start to do this,” said Republican Candidate Nikki Haley during a Fox News town hall in Iowa on Monday night. “This is one of those, don’t open a door if you don’t want to see what happens. This is a door we don’t need to open.
Even Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, released a statement last month that echoed Warren’s concerns, saying that “in California, we defeat candidates at the polls. Everything else is a political distraction.”
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