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Missouri Republican Official Threatens to Remove Biden from Ballot in Retaliation to Maine, Colorado

Missouri’s Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, a prominent Republican figure, has issued a threat to remove President Joe Biden from appearing on the ballot in retaliation for similar disqualifications faced by Donald Trump in two other states. This escalation reflects growing tensions surrounding eligibility criteria for presidential candidates.

Dispute over Eligibility

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Ashcroft’s warning comes in response to recent decisions in Colorado and Maine, where Trump’s eligibility for the ballot was challenged due to his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack. Colorado’s Supreme Court cited the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, disqualifying those who “engaged in insurrection” from running for certain federal offices.

Supreme Court Involvement

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review Colorado’s decision, further intensifying the legal battle. Ashcroft expressed his expectation that the Supreme Court would overturn this decision but issued his warning to emphasize the seriousness of the situation.

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Amicus Brief

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Ashcroft plans to file an amicus brief, which takes no side in the dispute but provides information to the Supreme Court regarding potential consequences if Colorado’s disqualification stands. He aims to caution against the possibility of chaos if such disqualifications become a trend.

Unsettled Criteria

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Ashcroft points out that disqualifying a candidate for insurrection is not clearly defined, leaving room for uncertainty. He raised questions about Vice President Kamala Harris, suggesting her support for those involved in the 2020 racial justice protests could also fall under this criteria.

Biden Campaign’s Response

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The Biden campaign has not yet responded to Ashcroft’s threat or issued a statement on the matter.

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Support from Kentucky

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Kentucky’s Secretary of State Michael Adams expressed support for the Supreme Court’s involvement, hoping for clarity and consistency regarding eligibility criteria.

Texas’ Stance

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Texas’ Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick previously hinted at considering Biden’s removal from the ballot due to concerns related to immigration policy.

Ongoing Legal Battles

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As the legal cases progress, Trump remains on the ballot in Colorado and Maine, both scheduled to hold their primaries on Super Tuesday (March 5).

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Differing Cases

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While the Colorado case involves the determination made by the state’s Supreme Court, in Maine, it was the Democratic secretary of state who declared Trump ineligible for the ballot.

Concerns Over Secretary Involvement

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Ashcroft expressed reservations about secretaries of state having a role in determining ballot eligibility, voicing concerns about the implications for the electoral process.

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