Left's PLAN to undermine Democracy, in order to "Defend Democracy", because they say "Trump is a Threat to Democracy", implodes as SCOTUS Exposes their Anti-Trump Ballot Efforts would be "Un-Democratic"!!!
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by Bob Hoge, Redstate.com, February 8, 2024
Lawyers from the Left and Colorado Secretary of State argued Thursday before skeptical Supreme Court Justices that former President Donald Trump should be kept off the ballot in Colorado because they say he violated the 14th Amendment by participating or inciting an “insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021.
The problem for them is that Trump has not been charged with or convicted of insurrection.
Surprisingly, even liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared doubtful about the merits of Colorado’s case. Conservative justices also weighed in, and their questions appeared to indicate that they would side with the former president in this case.
Brett Kavanaugh got straight to the point, asking, how is this democratic?
“Your position has the effect of disenfranchising voters to a significant degree,” conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in one of the more striking exchanges with attorneys. “What about the background principle, if you agree, of democracy?”
Justice Clarence Thomas, meanwhile, had Colorado attorney Jason Murray on the ropes as he asked him for examples of removing presidential candidates from ballots for violating the 14th Amendment. Murray was left hemming and hawing.
Justice Thomas is ON FIRE.— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) February 8, 2024
He took down Colorado attorney Jason Murray BASELESS CLAIMS during Donald Trump's 14th Amendment hearing at SCOTUS.
Thomas - "What are the examples?"
Murray - Provides no examples.
Thomas - "Do you have any examples of this?"
Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out the obvious dangers of going down this road:
The court’s ruling will have implications for other states where challenges to Trump’s eligibly are pending. But the fallout from a ruling against Trump, Roberts said, could be even wider. If Trump is removed from the ballot in Colorado, Roberts predicted that states would eventually attempt to knock other candidates out of future elections. That, he said, would seem inconsistent with the purpose and history of the 14th Amendment. [Emphasis mine.]
“It’ll come down to just a handful of states that are going to decide the presidential election,” Roberts said. “That’s a pretty daunting consequence.”
The liberal justices have asked some interesting questions:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked if that meant a presidential candidate could not be removed from the ballot if they ran for a third term in office, which is barred by the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution. Mitchell said, "Of course not."
Mitchell was pressed by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on whether Trump could be considered an insurrectionist. "This was a riot, not an insurrection," Mitchell replied. While it was "shameful, criminal" and "violent," it "did not qualify as an insurrection."
Jason Murray, who's representing the Colorado plaintiffs who sued to knock Trump off the ballot, was asked by Justice Elena Kagan "why a single state can determine who is president of the United States. It seems quite extraordinary, doesn't it?"
The justices asked many other questions that implied they weren't buying what Colorado was selling. Of course, reading the tea leaves can be treacherous because sometimes the court will surprise you. That being said, it seems improbable that they would bring up all these important Constitutional issues but then suddenly turn around and rule for Colorado.
The case is frankly ridiculous, and SCOTUS should toss it out -- hard.
It is clear SCOTUS' decision will not even be close.— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) February 8, 2024
And it will represent a TOTAL HUMILIATION to so many "legal experts" and "historians" who filed amicus briefs to defend Colorado's actions. pic.twitter.com/yDGR29KmWT
The American Public Must Know that this Case has NOTHING to do with Law and that it is actually a diabolical PLAN by the Radical, Anti-Democratic, Marxist Left to drain Donald Trump of resources; convince the public that Trump ran an Insurrection that wasn't an Insurrection; and INTERFERE with the 2024 Election!
LEFTIST NETWORK WEAPONIZES LAWFARE AGAINST TRUMP
Some of the connections between the different organizations are hard to find publicly, but Bowman pulled together lots of research by digging around in the groups’ websites and comparing them up against the 2014 and the 2017 roadmaps. For instance, one group on the 2017 document called Action Network—the 2017 document includes it under “backend services”—includes on its website an image of the Indivisible group’s first manifesto explaining how to stop the Trump agenda when Trump was president.
Action Network on its homepage says it provides services like email, fundraising, mobile messaging, automation, events, and petitions for clients on the left. The group boasts the Democrat National Committee (DNC) “shattered all sorts of fundraising records” after using its services for only a few months. But the organization again is part of this dark money network connected to other groups in the so-called Democracy Alliance beyond just the Indivisible connection.
Action Network’s website also features a petition to Secretaries of State nationwide calling to “disqualify” Trump from the presidential ballot, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution—the so-called insurrection clause. One of the groups that is listed as a sponsor of that petition is called “Free Speech for the People.”
Free Speech for the People (FSFP) is one of the organizations that has filed lawsuits in a number of states including Michigan, Illinois, Oregon, Minnesota, and most recently Massachusetts under its 14point3 campaign seeking to bar Trump from the ballot. The petition on Action Network’s website, which, again, this group is a sponsor of, also references the most infamous of the states where this strategy has been pursued against Trump: Colorado. In just a few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Trump’s effort to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s move to ban him from the ballot—and eventually a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court could have a national impact on all of these cases. But FSFP, public comments from one of its leaders on social media would indicate, seems more pleased by the fact that Trump’s attorneys have to keep responding to these cases, thereby tying up resources of the former president in court, than the group does about the actual merits of the case.
FSFP has launched a separate website, too, pushing this effort to keep Trump off the ballot, at the aptly named TrumpIsDisqualified.org. On that site, another organization is listed as involved in the push: Mi Familia Vota. Mi Familia Vota appears on the aforementioned Democracy Alliance document from 2014, listed as one of the 161 “Partner and Aligned Network Organizations.”
Several of Indivisible’s more prominent local chapters, too, have directly publicly promoted the effort to use the 14th Amendment to disqualify Trump from the ballot, including a Bay Area California chapter that highlighted local Indivisible activists hanging a banner from a highway overpass that directs people to visit FSFP’s website.
Try to overthrow the wholly valid 2020 election? Then you don't get to run for office.— Indivisible East Bay (@IndivisibleEB) July 9, 2023
Today we reached hundreds of drivers and passersby. Tell@CASOSVote
that #TrumpIsDisqualified! #TrumpIsDQed #14Point3 #CA14Point3 #14thAmendment #Insurrectionist https://t.co/CeYaM4gLIl pic.twitter.com/DhqXsHvGtZ
Marxist Groups Conspire to Destroy YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE and Anyone who Tries to STOP their Cheating
Another organization connected to Indivisible through the Democracy Alliance via the 2014 document is the group Common Cause. Common Cause is listed as one of the 161 “Partner and Aligned Network Organizations” on the 2014 Democracy Alliance document. Common Cause interestingly, in March 2021 at the very beginning of the Biden presidency, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Biden Justice Department to charge Trump with a number of federal crimes related to January 6. While the eventual indictment that Special Counsel Jack Smith—who was appointed later by Garland—brought do not match entirely the recommendations of this group, one of the charges Smith levied against Trump is one of the charges that Common Cause recommended the Justice Department bring against Biden’s leading political opponent.
“Specifically, Common Cause and Common Cause Georgia request an investigation of whether thenPresident Donald J. Trump, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senator Lindsey Graham, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Cleta Mitchell, Kurt Hilbert and others violated federal statutes including 18 U.S.C. §§ 241, 1343, 1346, 1349 and 52 U.S.C. § 20511(2), by calling via telephone and speaking via videoconference with state officials, including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and Georgia state senators in an effort to overturn presidential election results,” the leftist group wrote to Garland on March 10, 2021.
In the summer of 2023, when he was Special Counsel, Smith charged Trump with, among other things, violating 18 U.S.C § 241—just as Common Cause had recommended to the Justice Department more than two years earlier.
That’s not the only instance of one of these leftist groups’ recommendations preceding a law enforcement action by an official entity. In fact, as far back as 2017, FSFP had launched a website calling to “Dissolve the Trump Organization,” in which the left-wing group asked its activists to “Help Us Revoke the Corporate Charter of the Trump Organization Inc.”
“We are calling on the New York State Attorney to investigate whether to bring proceedings to dissolve the charter of The Trump Organization, Inc.,” the website says. “The Trump Organization has persistently violated the law and flagrantly abuses its state-granted powers by continuing to operate under Trump family ownership, while former President Trump was in the White House. Join us in urging the New York Attorney General to dissolve the Trump Organization and revoke its corporate charter for abusing the authority that the state has given it.”
Of course, Trump has been, for the better part of the end of last year, fighting a case in a courtroom in New York City brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James that did exactly what this group has been pushing for for years.
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