Both Houses Propose Laws Punishing States That Bar Trump
Congressional Republicans struck back against the latest Democratic attempts to interfere with the 2024 presidential election. House GOP members proposed a bill to penalize states that strip former President Donald Trump from the ballot.
Their bill would prohibit Colorado, Maine and other states complicit with the scheme from having their electoral votes counted when the total is certified.
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) laid out the plan in terms simple enough for radical leftists to understand. “New law. If any state in our Union blocks the official nominee of a major political party from the presidential ballot, their electoral slate will not be counted by Congress.”
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Higgins added, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Have a very MAGA Christmas.”
Even “moderate” Republicans realized the constitutional danger posed by permitting states to erase candidates. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) blasted the Maine Secretary of State for her unprecedented decision to deny the right to vote for the 45th president to the state’s electorate.
She said, “Maine voters should decide who wins the election — not a Secretary of State chosen by the Legislature. The Secretary of State’s decision would deny thousands of Mainers the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice, and it should be overturned.”
And a House Democrat admitted the lunacy of such an act.
Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) expressed his strong objection in the hours following last week’s startling announcement by Secretary of State Shanna Bellows.
He qualified his statement by recalling his vote to impeach Trump over Jan. 6 and his utter opposition to his candidacy.
“However,” Golden explained on Thursday, “we are a nation of laws, therefore until he is actually found guilty of the crime of insurrection, he should be allowed on the ballot.”
Bellows attempted to justify her highly partisan act by citing Sec. 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This bars any individual who “engaged in insurrection” from holding elected office without being approved by two-thirds of Congress.
This was written in the aftermath of the Civil War and targeted former Confederates. As for Trump, he has not been charged, much less tried and convicted for the federal crime of insurrection.
Congressional Republicans are right. The acts by Colorado and Maine are simply the latest examples of leftist election interference and should not go unpunished.