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California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis has requested that Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber explore potential legal pathways to keep former President Donald Trump off of California’s 2024 presidential primary ballot.

This was initially reported by Politico journalist Christopher Cadelago.

In a letter addressed to Secretary Weber, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis alludes to the recent ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court in Anderson v. Griswold which deemed former President Trump ineligible for Colorado’s ballot, citing his alleged involvement in instigating the January 6th, 2021 incident at the U.S. Capitol.

It is important to note that at this time, no charges have been brought against Trump for insurrection or rebellion against the United States; Trump had encouraged those present to maintain peace and order.

“This decision is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy,” Kounalakis stated in her letter. She emphasized that the Colorado ruling should serve as a precedent for California to follow.

The Colorado Supreme Court, in its far-left ruling, held that under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment, Donald Trump’s actions during the insurrection disqualified him from standing for presidential re-election.

Referencing Justice Neil Gorsuch’s opinion in Hassan, the court highlighted the state’s right to exclude candidates who are constitutionally prohibited from assuming office.

In her letter urging California to “stand on the right side of history,” Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis requested that California consider Trump’s eligibility for the ballot based on Anderson v. Padilla.

“The constitution is clear: you must be 40 years old and not be an insurrectionist,” the letter concludes. Wrong! The U.S. Constitution states that the president must be at least 35 years old.

Read the full letter:

Based on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling in Anderson v. Griswold (2023 CO 63), I urge you to explore every legal option to remove former President Donald Trump from California’s 2024 presidential primary ballot.

I am prompted by the Colorado Supreme Court’s recent ruling that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on the state’s ballot as a Presidential Candidate due to his role in inciting an insurrection in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This decision is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy.

Specifically, the Colorado Supreme Court held in Anderson v. Griswold (2023 CO 63) that Trump’s insurrection disqualifies him under section three of the Fourteenth Amendment to stand for presidential re-election. Because the candidate is ineligible, the court ruled, it would be a

“wrongful act” for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on that state’s presidential primary ballot. Furthermore, Colorado’s Supreme Court cites conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to make their case, saying the following, “As then-Judge Gorsuch recognized in Hassan, it is ‘a state’s legitimate interest in protecting the integrity and practical functioning of the political process’ that ‘permits it to exclude from the ballot candidates who are constitutionally prohibited from assuming office.

California must stand on the right side of history. California is obligated to determine if Trump is ineligible for the California ballot for the same reasons described in Anderson. The Colorado decision can be the basis for a similar decision here in our state. The constitution is clear: you must be 40 years old and not be an insurrectionist.

There will be the inevitable political punditry about a decision to remove Trump from the ballot. but this is not a matter of political gamesmanship. This is a dire matter that puts at stake the sanctity of our constitution and our democracy.

Time is of the essence as your announcement of the certified list of candidates for the March 5, 2024, primary election is coming up next weck, on December 28, 2023.

Thank you for all your work to make our state’s elections a shining example across the country and world and for your time and consideration on this urgent matter.

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Doug Goldsmith

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  • DO NOT TAKE AWAY MY RIGHT AS AMERICAN TO VOTE FOR THE CANIDATE OF MY CHOOSING! MY HUSBAND SERVED IN THE MILITARY TO SAVE THESE RIGHTS. IS THIS THE ONLY WAY YOU THINK BIDEN MIGHT WIN.

  • Well, I guess we have learned nothing from history. How many states took Lincoln off the ballot when he won his election? Was that the ultimate action for start of the Civil War? Why was the Insurrection clause put in the Constitution ? What party actually caused the Civil War? Which party owned the most slaves? Why did so many “white” people die defending the Constitution and ALL men as being created equal? Who was one of Joe Biden’s main mentors when he first became a senator? The Democrats were/have and are still working on division of this country and it is easier now because our education system does not support teaching the facts of history, so young people will continue to make the same mistakes of the past.

    • Plus, regardless if you love Trump or hate him, he seems to come out victorious, a true teflon Don. His poll numbers continue to climb and now they have African Americans chanting to free Trump. it’s definitely illegal of democrats but also not very smart.

  • It is obvious the democrat party is against the rights of the voters. They and they alone will decide who you are able to elect to their pretend democracy socialist government! Not one republican controlled state is taking away voter rights, as all of the democrat-controlled state are scrambling to pile on and take the voter’s rights away! This is a disgrace and an even bigger disgrace that the people cannot see what is been done to this once great nation!

    • “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes obligatory.”
      It’s time the good people of our country rose up together in a nation-wide act of righteous violence – the same kind of righteous violence that our founding fathers carried out against King George III when they fought the American Revolutionary War against him.

      • When you consider the bank rule by the Rothschilds, which own everyones money. Actually said he didnt care about politicians all you need to do is control the money. Also, ALL but 2 Presidents (VanBuren & Kennedy) were blood relatives of King John of England. Is that coincidence? I don’t think so. Don’t forget republicans are in on it too!

  • With all the rights being taken away from We The People by Communist Democrats who’s agenda to destroy America’s economy, food, medicine, jobs, our children’s lives, Education, Christianity, the right to protect ourselves and families, all of which the constant bitching and moaning, nobody is forming an alliance to start the Civil War that’s vital for our very existence.!!
    The Anti-American, Anti-Constitution Communist voters have caused the hatred and segregation while pointing fingers at the Republicans and the never ending words as white Supremacy and racism.
    The communist Democrats will not allow We The People to vote another great Republican President into office.
    They’ve already said many times, “There’ll only be a one party”
    It’s only going to get worse as we get closer to the 2024 election.
    Are the 37 million armed citizens going to allow those Communist Bastards push us to the brink of no return.?
    Are just a handful of true Americans willing to go to War against Communism while the rest cower and be arrested and sent to a concentration camp.?
    The level to destroy America that those Communist Democrats are heading makes me sick, they are the True Enemies of the American People.!
    What are you waiting for.?
    One person can’t do this alone and we need a trained snipper to kill George Soros and his family now.!

    • Well said. The only thing that I would add is that there are now only two slogans for the 2 party system. MAGA and MADA. You either have Make America Great Again or you are left with Make Americans Dumb Again. Those are the only 2 choices to pick from.

  • Eleni Kounalakis must be either more stupid or less informed than Kammela Toe (the horizontal Ho). Evidence: her statement that the presidential candidate must be 40.

  • Too bad the Lt Governor cant do her job of running the state of California rather than bad mouthing President Trump and trying to keep him off the ballot.
    She should resign and go home and do the dishes and clean her home and stay out of politics. vs Trump.

  • Kamala and the CA GOV wish to violate the Constitution and also drive from the State the rest of the wage earners so the entire State can have a 99% welfare population. CA already gets the largest % of the welfare that goes out each and every month including all of the newly arriving illegal aliens. They want to get slapped down like Colorado will be when Scotus gives the final word. When they learn THAT BIDEN IS LEADING THIS COMMIE PLOT TO TURN THE USA communist, the Law may have to remove the Senile OLD MAN.

    • Dear Libra,

      You are dead on with your comment. The problem is that the Democrates including the jackass in charge of the executive branch state that they are not finished with their goals for the USA. Their final mission, if successful, is to dismantle this great country, shred the constitution and rebuild this nation into another third world banana republic. The children are being brainwashed in all levels of education to the point that there is no more patriotism left to be proud to be an American citizen. When are people going to wake up and see what is happening? I fear that a civil war is going to break out sooner than later. Like the saying from Patrick Henry “Give me Liberty or give me death”. When you have lost your rights as a US citizen, what’s left? NOTHING!

  • Well if that is the case, I strongly recommend that Joe “Jackass” Biden be removed from all 50 states. In fact, I also would have to say that any Dumbocrat that would run for president should be stricken from the roster until they took a lie detector test as well as a cognitive test to see if they can even string a line together without reading a teleprompter or laughing like a baboon.

  • Those people out there are just PEDOPHILES FAGS SNAKES LIIARS
    FREAKS AND WEIRDOS !!!

    Put a fence around the state and put all these FREAKS AND WEIRDOS inside
    and let them have it. At least we will know where they’re at!
    It’s either that or bring back Town Square HANGINGS !!!!!

  • The TOTALITRIAN STATE is alive and well! It is one thing for the PRETEND LEADERS of these states and in DC to SUGGEST who we SHOULD vote for; but now they are stupid enough to tell us who we CAN and CAN’T vote for!
    This is just like Russia and North Korea! YES, we will have an election, BUT, there will ONLY be ONE candidate, and you MUST vote, under penalty of law! If you don’t vote, you will be sent to the re-education camps!
    Looks like it is time to start dusting off the Guillotines!

  • They are going to keep up this Marxist nonsense until they force us to take to the streets & forcibly take out this anti-American cabal.

  • i’m apolitical but all of the obvious trampling of the rule of law and fear of Trump winning not only makes me believe he probably won the last election and would most likely win 24. Their efforts scream of desperation, not only to trample on democracy but to hold onto all of their power. OC CA is still under covid emergency, even though the white house said it’s over, because they are still getting money that they can steal. It will be critical, and extremely funny, that the voters hand write his name on ballots and vote for him. Regardless of what party one associates with, you should be appalled at the democrats attack, obvious political persecution. I would like democrats to imagine if this attack was being perpetrated against (any democrats presidents name here.)
    I Thank God for his return which is coming soon, and he will address this and all of the evil going on in this world!

  • What, exactly, are all these idiots afraid of? And Biden says Trump will be taking away choices. What choices were ever taken away under Trump?

  • Take #JoeBiden and all the #Left off of all ballots, for #treason #corruption #lying #genocide, #pedophilia, and #badacting!!!

  • Does the CA governor care about the Right of the American people to choose who they want to vote for to be our presiden? Is the CA governor going to be allowed to decide who we may and may not vote for? Who is this person who plans to tell us who we may and may not vote for? I’m sure glad that I don’t live in California with a dictator who is going to order me who I may and may not vote for.

  • The Demorats are so scared of Trump and so pussy whipped that all of them are crawling out of their holes to come out and say take Trump off the polls well take RETARD off.

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