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Trump Colorado ballot case backfiring

The case to knock Donald Trump off the ballot in Colorado is backfiring as Democrats obviously never predicted.

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The case of Anderson v. Griswold, or the Trump Colorado ballot case, is still in the news today. But this does not please those who brought the case or wanted someone to bring similar cases. True enough, many of the principals still believe they are doing justice, however illogical and spiteful that might sound. But the rest of the country is reacting in anger, and already the proponents begin to know it. A consensus is now setting in, that the Colorado Supreme Court jumped the gun (or the shark), and that the principals have done nothing except to ensure the nomination, and eventual reelection, of President Donald J. Trump.

Legal eagles excoriate the Colorado Supremes

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Actor Sō Yamamura, as Vice-Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto IJN, in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Many lawyers have weighed in after the opinion in Anderson came out.

Almost all of them have said the Colorado Supreme Court judged the case incorrectly. Lanny Davis, an adviser to two Presidents, agreed with Chief Justice Brian Boatright’s dissent in the case. He might as well have agreed with all three dissents, for they all said the same thing. Namely that none of the Colorado courts even tried to have a trial of Trump on a charge of insurrection. Instead they accepted, uncritically, the report of the House January 6 Committee – or a dictionary definition of the word insurrection. The process, says Davis, denied Trump due process of law.

Alan Dershowitz furiously condemned the decision as “anti-democratic,” “unconstitutional,” and “absurd.” (Prime source: Tim Haines at RealClearPolitics.)

He maintained that disqualifying a President from running for office again requires impeachment, not a court trial. (Trump has faced impeachment – twice – and gained acquittal each time.) Furthermore, Amendment XIV Section 5 gives to Congress – and only Congress – the power to enforce any other section. Finally, this decision effectively deprives Coloradans the right to vote for him if they so choose. (Actually, it’s stayed until January 4 – or until the Supreme Court acts, if anyone asks it to act.)


Former administration lawyers weigh in

Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr told CNN (according to Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit) that the court was wrong to find facts that had not been tried by a jury. In fact he called the proceedings a “procedural Frankenstein.” But his greatest fear was how the people would react to it, and how Trump could play it.

I think this kind of action of stretching the law, taking these hyper-aggressive positions to try to knock Trump out of the race, are counterproductive. They backfire. As you know, he feeds on grievance just like a fire feeds on oxygen, and this is going to end up as a grievance that helps him.

The federal government, said Barr, should have set up the procedure.

Of course, no one thus far has commented on the effects of the Amnesty Acts of 1872 and 1898. Those Acts, especially the 1898 Act, should apply in perpetuity, as CNAV has said here and here.

Jonathan Turley made an even stronger statement.

This country is a powder keg and this court is just throwing matches at it.

Furthermore, Ty Cobb, a former White House lawyer, told The Hill he expected the U.S. Supreme Court to vote 9-0 to reverse, on the theory that a President is not an “officer” within the meaning of Amendment XIV Section 3.


Retaliation, by Trump and his friends

Officer or no, Trump has friends, and those friends are already preparing to retaliate. Colorado’s Republican Party has threatened to cancel the primary and run caucuses, with which the State could not interfere.

Grant Stinchfield suggested on his streaming show that Trump hold a rally in Colorado to show the strength of his support.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Texas) suggested Texas might exclude Joe Biden from the general election ballot by reason of his failure to protect Texans from the 8 million migrants who have illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexican border. (Source: The Hill.)

Wayne Allen Root suggested three ways Republicans could retaliate:

  1. Remove President Joe Biden from the ballot in every State under Republican control. They could charge him with failure to protect against invasion, as Article IV Section 4 requires.
  2. Have State Attorneys General indict Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris, and SecHomeSec Alexander Mayorkas on treason charges.
  3. Hold a Trump rally in Colorado, as Grant Stinchfield suggested.

Jim Hoft reported this morning that one Republican State Representative each from Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona are introducing legislation to exclude Biden from the ballot in their respective States. (Prime source: Breitbart.) One of them (Cory McGarr of Arizona) released a joint statement:

Popular reaction

But even without such retaliation, the people seem to be lining up on Trump’s side. Jim Hoft, this morning, reported poll results showing Trump leading among voters between the ages of 18 and 34 inclusive.


Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld laughed at Democrats for “opening Pandora’s box.”

So thankfully, much like Joe without his rubber soled shoes, this almost certainly won’t stand. But what’s sad and amazing is if Donald Trump had not swung the Supreme Court, it could have. That’s tragic and scary because as the Colorado Supreme Court accuses Trump of insurrection and election interference, today’s Democratic Party should hold that thought. You opened a Pandora’s Box that would make the Unabomber sue you for plagiarism.

Other news related to Trump and ballot access

Yesterday Cullen Linebarger listed sixteen States where Democrats are trying to keep Trump off the ballot. Working from this map by Lawfare Media, he came up with these names:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Maine
  4. Michigan
  5. Nevada
  6. New Jersey
  7. New Mexico
  8. New York
  9. Oregon
  10. South Carolina
  11. Texas
  12. Vermont
  13. Virginia
  14. West Virginia
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Wyoming

Scratch West Virginia; Jim Hoft reported today that Judge Irene Berger of the West Virginia District Court dismissed that lawsuit. The lawsuit came from a Texas resident and write-in candidate for President. Judge Berger flatly accused him of running in bad faith.

Courts in Minnesota, Florida, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have also dismissed attempts to remove Trump from the ballot. Mr. Castro withdrew his suit in California, but Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D-Calif.) asked California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, in writing, whether California could still keep Trump off its ballot.

On the other hand, the Democratic Parties of Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Massachusetts will have Joe Biden’s name only on their primary ballot. Challenger Marianne Williamson protested.


In sum, the Trump Colorado case has done nothing but turn a sleepy story into an active one. Admiral Yamamoto might – or might not – have said what that movie actor portrayed him as saying. But he could have been speaking of the Democratic Party today, as well as the Imperial Japanese Navy. Democrats have indeed awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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Donald R. Laster, Jr

As people follow the and keep informed on the attacks by Democrats and other “Left” groups and people on Donald Trump look at how other countries become Dictatorship and the people suffered. Notice how people’s ability to challenge election fraud which is in the public knowledge has been attacked by destruction of free speech. Notice how “Jan 6” is called an insurrection but the only people harmed were people protesting without violence. Notice how the protesters actively worked to stop people who were trying to create problems. Then look at what “protesters”, who are part of “BLM” and “Anti-FA”, did where they “protested” – destruction of property and death. Or to describe accurately – riots and actual crimes.

The only people working to destroy the US are the “Left” who twist words and work to silence those who disagree with them. Donald Trump never engaged in an insurrection or tried to overthrow the US Government and US Constitution. What he did was challenge an election where events and evidence indicates rigging. And it is important to keep in mind the Biden/Harris team, like the Obama/Biden and the McCain/Palin teams, fail to meet the requirements to serve as President and Vice-President. People need to learn what the US Constitution requires to protect our Republic.


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