Trump Banned From Another Ballot?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Monday, the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission dismissed the two challenges that would have kept former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s primary ballot.

In their rejection of the two challenges which followed the same arguments regarding Trump’s eligibility based on the 14th Amendment’s Section 3 also known as the insurrection clause, the commission has argued that they do not have the necessary jurisdiction to make a ruling on whether or not Trump is eligible or not to appear on the state’s ballot over the claims that he had “engaged” in insurrection against the U.S. Constitution.

The Trump campaign celebrated this decision noting in a statement that this was a “blow to Biden Democrats” who are attempting to interfere with the presidential election and “disenfranchise” voters through the removal of the former President from the ballot. They added that rather than siding with this “hoax” the commission had given voters in the state the right to vote for their preferred candidate.

Massachusetts is set to have its primary on Super Tuesday, or March 5. The state will be one of 16 states to be holding their primary on that day.

Last week, the Ballot Law Commission in the state had a pre-hearing conference where they heard arguments on procedural matters, where Trump’s representative called for the dismissal of the case.

Marc Salinas, Trump’s Lawyer, reportedly stated that there was nothing in the statutes that set qualifications as a precondition for someone to be included on the state’s ballot.

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