California Keeps Trump on Ballot

( – California’s Secretary of State, Shirley Weber, has recently decided to keep former President Trump on the state’s presidential primary ballot. She ignored a request from Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to investigate how to remove him from the ballot.

Despite growing concerns over Trump’s alleged role in the January 6 Capitol riot, which led the Colorado Supreme Court to remove him from its ballot, Weber emphasized that the issue regarding Trump’s ballot removal is complex and risky to pull off.

Weber recently released the official list of candidates for California’s March 5 primary, confirming Trump’s inclusion. Responding to Kounalakis’s call for action, Weber highlighted her office’s involvement in ongoing litigation related to Trump’s candidacy. She acknowledged the gravity of the Capitol attack and Trump’s alleged involvement, but Weber said that the legal challenges at hand are complex, saying that she will carefully approach the matter.

She further stated that her office would continue to evaluate potential courses of action, keeping an eye on any upcoming rulings from the US Supreme Court. Despite Kounalakis’s stance being supported by several prominent California Democrats, including Governor Gavin Newsom, who views Trump as a threat but cautions against political distractions, Weber’s decision stands as of now.

Interestingly, this comes in the wake of a similar move by Maine’s Secretary of State, who recently deemed Trump ineligible for their state’s ballot under the 14th Amendment, marking a precedent-setting decision especially regarding Colorado’s initial removal of Trump. Unlike Maine’s decisive action, California has opted for a more measured approach, leaving the door open for further legal developments.

As the situation unfolds, with Trump potentially seeking US Supreme Court intervention in the Colorado case, the spotlight remains on California’s electoral landscape and what all of this might mean for Trump’s political future. Both Weber’s decision and the broader legal debate underscore the intricate intersection of law, politics, and the legacy of the January 6 events.

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