House Republican Warns States Against Barring Trump From Ballot

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) recently issued a dire warning to leftist officials in states looking to bar former President Donald Trump from their 2024 presidential primary ballot, saying that the GOP-controlled House is ultimately responsible for certifying electors.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Massie wrote, “Maine, Colorado, and other states that might try to bureaucratically deny ballot access to any Republican nominee should remember the U.S. House of Representatives is the ultimate arbiter of whether to certify electors from those states.”

X Owner Elon Musk replied to Massie’s comment, saying, “Interesting.”

To date, Democrats in two states have taken action to interfere in the 2024 presidential election by removing Trump from their ballots, including Colorado and Maine.

The Colorado Supreme Court was the first to bar the former president from The Centennial State’s ballot, citing Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment as cause for why he should be prevented from running for president. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that Trump had “engaged in insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021, and was ineligible to hold or seek public office.

Considering that the 14th Amendment states that an “officer of the United States” who has “engaged in insurrection” cannot run for office, the law does not apply to Trump, whose presidential tenure did not make him an officer of the U.S.

Despite having no evidence and the former president not being convicted for “inciting insurrection,” Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows also took action to bar the former president from The Pine Tree State’s 2024 ballot using the same reasoning as the Colorado Supreme Court.

Trump’s campaign has vowed to appeal such blatantly political decisions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said.

Colorado Secretary of State recently announced that the former president will remain on The Centennial State’s ballot unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes in the matter.

The Republican Party of Maine and Colorado have also signaled their intent to appeal the anti-Trump ballot decisions.