California Secretary of State Upholds Trump’s Placement on Ballot Despite Removal Demands

California’s Secretary of State, Shirley Weber, has made a decision to keep former President Donald Trump on the ballot for the state’s GOP presidential primary. This decision comes despite mounting pressure from various Democratic figures, including Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who had urged Secretary Weber to explore legal options to remove Trump from the ballot.

While some Democratic figures had called for Trump’s removal, Weber has decided to certify the list of candidates for the presidential primary, explicitly including Donald Trump. This decision has been made public against a backdrop of requests for Trump’s removal based on claims that he violated the “insurrection clause” of the U.S. Constitution.

In a letter addressed to Secretary Weber, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis referenced the recent ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court in Anderson v. Griswold, asserting that Trump should be disqualified from Colorado’s ballot due to his alleged role in inciting the January 6, 2021, “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol. However, it is important to note that Trump has not been charged with engaging in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.

Weber’s office released the list of certified candidates late Thursday night, drawing attention to California’s position in the ongoing national debate surrounding the former president’s eligibility. Emphasizing the gravity of the decision, Weber shared in her statements last week that the action of removing a candidate from the ballot “is not something my office takes lightly.” She added, “I am guided by my commitment to follow the rule of law.”

Weber further explained that adherence to this fundamental principle — so essential in our democracy — even in the face of public pressure, will help inspire confidence in our elections and our election processes.

The finalized roster of candidates for the March primary in California was officially submitted on December 28. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Weber to serve as California’s Secretary of State in 2020. The official list of certified candidates includes Donald J. Trump, Ryan L Binkley, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Asa Hutchinson, Vivek Ramaswamy, David Stuckenberg, Rachel Swift, Joseph R Biden Jr, President R Boddie, Eban Cambridge, Gabriel Cornejo, Stephen P Lyons, Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato, Dean Phillips, Marianne Williamson, James Bradley, Jill Stein, Charles Ballay, Claudia De la Cruz, Jasmine Sherman, and Cornel West.

Weber’s decision has brought California to the forefront of the national debate surrounding Trump’s eligibility, showcasing the state’s commitment to the democratic process and rule of law. Despite mounting pressure, Secretary of State Shirley Weber has stood by her decision to include Trump on the presidential primary ballot, asserting the importance of following the rule of law in shaping confidence in elections.

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