President Trump released this statement about the decision made today by the Illinois State Board of Elections to keep him on the 2024 ballot. “I love Illinois! Make America Great Again.” — DJT – Laura Loomer.
Just the Facts
- Former President Donald Trump remains on the Republican primary ballot in Illinois following the state Board of Elections’ decision to reject a complaint alleging he violated the Constitution’s “insurrection clause.”
- The complaint, filed by a group of voters, argued that Trump should be disqualified from the ballot due to his alleged involvement in inciting the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
- The Illinois State Board of Elections, which is evenly divided with four Democrats and four Republicans, unanimously voted 8-0, stating it lacked the jurisdiction to assess the complaint based on constitutional grounds.
- As a result of the board’s decision, Trump is certified to participate in Illinois’ March 19 GOP primary, pending any potential court rulings that may alter this status.
- The attorney representing the voters who sought to disqualify Trump announced plans to appeal the board’s decision in state court. The Deep State will always take lawfare to the max.
- Retired Republican Illinois Judge Clark Erickson, serving as the appointed hearing officer for this case, advised against disqualifying Trump due to the board’s lack of authority to undertake constitutional analysis.
- Despite Erickson’s recommendation, he acknowledged that evidence presented at a January 26 hearing convincingly demonstrated Trump’s engagement in insurrection, urging the board to remove him from the ballot if it found the constitutional argument compelling.
- Erickson’s findings highlighted Trump’s exploitation of the polarized political landscape in the U.S., his unfounded claims of election fraud in 2020, and his efforts to obstruct the peaceful transition of power on January 6, 2021.
- Board member Catherine McCrory expressed her personal belief in Trump’s involvement in insurrection but recognized that it was not within her purview to make a ruling on the matter during the board’s vote.
- The debate centers around the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, enacted post-Civil War to address the eligibility of former Confederate soldiers and leaders for public office, which disqualifies individuals who have engaged in insurrection after swearing an oath to support the Constitution.
- Trump’s defense maintains that he did not partake in insurrection, argues that the insurrection clause does not apply to the presidency, and contends that enforcement of disqualification under the 14th Amendment requires legislative action by Congress. Furthermore, his legal team asserts that the Illinois State Board of Elections is not equipped to resolve the intricate issues of federal law involved in this case.
The Illinois State Board of Elections recently made a unanimous decision to include former President Donald Trump on the state’s primary ballot. This resolution followed a recommendation from the board’s general counsel, who advised dismissing the case brought forth by the activist group Free Speech for People. The group argued that the events of January 6, 2021, constituted an “insurrection” under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, thereby disqualifying Trump from running for office.
The bipartisan board, comprising an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, voted to dismiss the challenge. Board member Jack Vrett emphasized the principle that “hard cases make bad law” and cautioned against exceeding their authority. Vrett expressed concerns that allowing such challenges could lead to a flood of litigation, with every school board candidate potentially contesting rivals over alleged criminal conduct. He asserted that the petitioners had not met the threshold for ballot forfeiture, and dismissing their claims was appropriate.
Cristina Cray, another board member, identified herself as a Republican but stated her belief that Trump had engaged in “insurrection.” However, she questioned the board’s jurisdiction to rule on such matters. The decision is subject to appeal in state court, and general counsel Marni Malowitz provided procedural recommendations during the hearing to expedite the process if the case is remanded to the board.
Illinois election board votes 8 – 0 to keep Donald Trump on ballot for the 2024 elections!#Trump
— Rokhaan (@Rokhaan1) January 30, 2024
Malowitz underscored that, even if the board lacked authority to analyze constitutional issues, it possessed statutory authority to include eligible candidates on the ballot. She was unconvinced that Trump had filed false papers and recommended certifying him for the ballot. The initial petition, filed by Free Speech for People on January 4, triggered the debate, with the group contending that Trump’s alleged role in the January 6 events warranted disqualification.
Attorneys for both Free Speech for People and Trump presented arguments before the board vote. Petitioners relied on the Democrat-controlled January 6 Select Committee report, while Trump asserted that he did not engage in insurrection and challenged the board’s jurisdiction on this matter. The board unanimously rejected two petitions against President Joe Biden’s candidacy during the same session.
In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, the Illinois State Board of Elections agreed to put former President Donald Trump on the March 19 GOP primary ballot. https://t.co/WKE1kvw1JT
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) January 30, 2024
Days before the vote, former judge Clark Erickson, acting as a hearing officer, heard arguments from both sides. Erickson recommended granting Trump’s motion to dismiss the case but also opined that January 6 constituted an insurrection. He suggested removing Trump on that basis if the motion to dismiss was not granted. Erickson highlighted that Illinois law prohibited the Election Board from addressing constitutional analysis issues, citing previous Supreme Court decisions.
Despite the general counsel’s recommendation and Erickson’s stance, the board retains discretion. Erickson outlined his belief that, if the challenge were assessed on its merits, Trump should be removed based on engaging in “insurrection” under Section 3. He drew parallels with a Colorado trial court’s rationale, emphasizing evidence presented in that case, such as the January 6 Select Report and testimony from sociology professor Pete Simi. Simi suggested that Trump communicated with extremists using coded language, similar to the Colorado trial court’s findings.
Illinois elections board votes to keep Trump on primary ballot https://t.co/A2AhRXPWbi via @Yahoo F ILLINOIS ELECTION BOARD PROBABLY A BUNCH OF RACIST PIGS WHO DONT GIVE A HOOT ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, THEY SHOULD ALL BE REMOVED FROM THE BOARD, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
— futureshock (@Wwalke21J) January 30, 2024
Erickson dismissed Trump’s calls for peace on social media as an attempt to provide plausible deniability. He speculated that Trump retreated after realizing the failed election-stealing effort and Vice President Pence’s refusal to accept fraudulent electors. Which is absolutely insane on its face. Imagine if the same standards were applied to President Kennedy, who had Hawaii send alternate electors to DC. But he was a Democrat, and as we know there are two systems of justice in this nation. The Illinois board’s decision stands as a significant development, subject to potential legal challenges and reflective of the broader debate over the events of January 6, 2021, and their implications for political candidacy. They are basically afraid that Republican states will start banning Biden, and we all march to an inevitable Trump victory and major political thrashing after he moves back into the White House,
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Major Points Discussed:
- The Illinois State Board of Elections unanimously voted to include Donald Trump on the state’s primary ballot, rejecting a challenge from activist group Free Speech for People.
- The board, consisting of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, dismissed the case, emphasizing the principle that “hard cases make bad law” and expressing concerns about opening floodgates of litigation.
- General counsel Marni Malowitz recommended certifying Trump for the ballot, asserting statutory authority even if constitutional issues were beyond the board’s purview.
- Former judge Clark Erickson, acting as a hearing officer, recommended dismissing the case but suggested removing Trump based on an “insurrection” if the motion to dismiss was not granted.
- The decision is subject to appeal in state court, with the broader debate revolving around whether Trump’s alleged role in the events of January 6, 2021, should disqualify him from political candidacy.
Comments – Threads – Links
- BREAKING: The Illinois State Board of Elections votes to KEEP former President Donald Trump on the Illinois ballot. There will be future court battles on this, however #twill – Ben Szalinski
- So they voted that he remains on the ballot. – Patty
- Another sad day for Ron and Jenna. President Trump will be on ILL ballot. The vote was 8-0. – kevin borland
- they know !! to allow Prez Trump on the ballot would let the people of Illinois actually vote for a conservative this election !! – chris
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