Alaska Could be Next State to Remove Trump From the Ballot, Following Colorado and Maine

2024 Republican presidential candidate John Anthony Castro initiated legal action in Alaska in an attempt to have former President Donald Trump removed from the state’s primary ballot. This is part of Castro’s broader strategy, involving similar lawsuits filed in over two dozen states.

Trouble for Trump

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The lawsuit, filed in September, references Trump’s involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol and highlights the former president’s televised statement expressing love and sympathy for the insurrectionists, alleging that he provided them comfort through words of support.

Increasing interest

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Though filed months ago, the Alaska lawsuit has gained renewed attention following a recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, which declared Trump ineligible to run for office under the 14th Amendment.

Jumping on the bandwagon

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A second state, Maine, followed suit and removed Trump from the ballot under the same reasoning. These decisions have sparked discussions about the potential implications for other states, including Alaska.

The details

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Castro’s lawsuit, mirroring the successful cases in Colorado and Maine, invokes the anti-insurrection disqualification clause of the 14th Amendment.

Ineligible for office

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It argues that Trump’s actions on January 6th, including summoning the mob and endorsing their actions, qualify as engagement in insurrection or rebellion, rendering him ineligible for office.

Controversial suggestions

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The lawsuit also cites Trump’s public statement on January 29, 2022, where he suggested fair treatment and possible pardons for those involved in the January 6th events if he were able to run and win in the 2024 election.

Mixed opinions

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Not everyone is in agreement with Castro’s filings. The United States Senator for Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, said in an interview, “It is going to be dangerous if it is viewed by the people that the courts have denied them the opportunity to vote for somebody that they want to vote for.”

Varying approaches

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Other states have swiftly set aside the lawsuit. The Michigan Supreme Court, for example, has stated that Trump would indeed remain on their primary ballot, disagreeing with Colorado’s holding.

Quick dismissals

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Minnesota’s Supreme Court also dismissed a case that attempted to have Trump removed from the state’s ballot. Several other states have done the same, including New Hampshire and Oregon.

It doesn’t end here

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Nevertheless, Trump is still facing legal challenges in New York, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Wyoming, Vermont, Virginia, New Mexico, and Wisconsin, all of which could potentially remove him from the ballot.

A governor’s plea

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California’s Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis, wrote to the Secretary of State directly, asking her to “explore every legal option” to have Trump removed from the state’s ballot. “This decision is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy.”

National implications

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Despite efforts by several states, Alaska election attorneys Scott Kendall and Stacey Stone have both said that they believe the US Supreme Court will step forward and issue a decision on whether Trump is eligible to remain on ballots before Alaska or other states have dealt with the matter.

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