Add Massachusetts to the growing list of states seeking to remove Donald Trump from the 2024 primary ballot.
Under the pretext of representing a group of voters in the state, an organization is following the familiar script of declaring the Republican frontrunner guilty of insurrection even though Trump has never been convicted of such a crime.
“Free Speech For People and a Massachusetts-based civil rights firm are representing voters trying to block Trump from appearing on the state’s ballot under an insurrection clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which prevents people who ‘engaged in insurrection’ from holding office,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The collaboration declared in a filing Thursday with the Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission that Trump is ineligible to hold office, claiming the former president “through his words and actions, after swearing an oath as an officer of the United States to support the Constitution, engaged in insurrection or rebellion, or gave aid and comfort to its enemies, as defined by Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
“Donald Trump violated his oath of office and incited a violent insurrection that attacked the U.S. Capitol, threatened the assassination of the Vice President and congressional leaders, and disrupted the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in our nation’s history,” Ron Fein, Legal Director at Free Speech For People, said in a statement.
Fein dared to fall back on our forefathers in further declaring, “Our predecessors understood that oath-breaking insurrectionists will do it again, and worse, if allowed back into power, so they enacted the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause to protect the republic from people like Trump. Trump is legally barred from the ballot and election officials must follow this constitutional mandate.”
Of course, that is opinion and the action sets a potentially disastrous precedent should it succeed.
Free Speech For People has also filed lawsuits on “behalf of voters” in Minnesota, Michigan, and Oregon challenging Trump’s eligibility to appear on the ballot — while the media will not bother to follow the money, discovering who is funding the campaign will almost certainly prove that it’s not the “voters” driving what can accurately be described as an actual threat to American democracy.
Removing Trump from the ballot is also in play in Illinois — the organization targeted U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) in 2022 with a similar challenge that proved to be unsuccessful.
“Our country faces a crisis in Trump’s bid for reelection. We cannot let a candidate who revels in undermining the rule of law continue his candidacy in clear violation of a constitutional mandate. In Illinois, the electoral board has a mandatory duty to keep disqualified candidates off the ballot. As the growing consensus of legal decisions show, Trump engaged in insurrection; he cannot run for president,” attorney Caryn Lederer said in a statement.
The left has a history of creating a crisis to circumvent the political process, often turning to the courts to advance its agenda. Success is determined in many cases by landing a like-minded judge.