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New York Lawmakers Seek to Bar Trump from Primary Ballot

Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign encounters a fresh challenge as New York lawmakers file a complaint seeking to exclude him from the state’s primary election ballot, citing his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021.

Challenges to Trump’s Ballot Eligibility

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Trump’s candidacy has already faced setbacks, with Colorado and Maine barring him from their primary ballots based on the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies individuals engaged in insurrection from holding federal office.

Trump’s campaign dismissed these rulings as flawed assaults on democracy.

Capitol Riot and Allegations Against Trump

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The filing in New York invokes Trump’s role in the Capitol riot, where he allegedly incited a mob to storm the Capitol, leading to violent clashes and disruptions during the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump’s Denials

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Despite denying involvement in an insurrection, Trump’s actions on that day are scrutinized.

Petitioners’ Arguments

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New York State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, along with other petitioners, asserts that Trump’s actions before and during the Capitol riot render him ineligible for public office under the 14th Amendment.

Complaint Statement

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Their complaint said, “Donald J. Trump engaged in that insurrection through his personal actions before and on January 6, 2021, including without limitation summoning a crowd to come to Washington D.C. on January 6th and telling the crowd, which he knew was armed, to march to the Capitol and ‘fight like hell’ under ‘very different rules.”

Importance of Upholding the Constitution

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Hoylman-Sigal underscores the significance of adhering to constitutional principles, stating that no individual, including Trump, should be above the law.

Allowing him to evade consequences for his alleged role in the insurrection could set a dangerous precedent and undermine democracy.

Concerns Over Democracy and Extremism

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Council member Shekar Krishnan echoes concerns about Trump’s potential candidacy, warning that his presence on the ballot could undermine democratic norms and fuel extremist violence.

14th Amendment Essential To Electoral Integrity

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Upholding the 14th Amendment, he argues, is essential to safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process.

Trump’s Response and Legal Action

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Trump’s campaign has not commented on the latest developments.

However, Trump has appealed Colorado’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is set to hear arguments regarding his ballot eligibility, raising the stakes in the ongoing legal battle.

Expectations for Supreme Court Hearing

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Hoylman-Sigal expresses hope that the Supreme Court will uphold the plain language and historical context of the Constitution, emphasizing the importance of a consistent interpretation of constitutional principles.

He cautions against selective or partisan interpretations by conservative justices.

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