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In a setback for Democratic efforts to prevent Donald Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot, New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan has declined to disqualify the GOP frontrunner, citing a unique interpretation of the 14th Amendment. Scanlan stated that his name will be on the primary ballot as long as Trump fulfills the candidacy requirements, including a declaration under penalties of perjury and a $1,000 filing fee. He emphasized that this decision is based on New Hampshire election law, which leaves no room for discretion.
Scanlan’s announcement followed an assessment by State Attorney General John Formella, who argued that the 14th Amendment, as advocated by legal scholars like Lawrence Tribe and J. Michael Luttig, does not grant Scanlan the authority to block a candidate. Tribe and Luttig believe that the 14th Amendment disqualification clause applies independently of criminal and impeachment proceedings, rendering Trump ineligible to serve as president again.
The Trump campaign responded with a letter signed by numerous New Hampshire GOP lawmakers, denouncing the 14th Amendment claims as baseless. They accused those pushing these theories of attempting to undermine democracy.
Former President Trump took to Truth Social to reject the 14th Amendment argument, calling it a “trick” by the Radical Left. He insisted that most legal scholars agree that it lacks a legal basis.
In a significant development, New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, David Scanlan, has refused to block Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot. This decision is grounded in New Hampshire election law, which mandates that any candidate who fulfills the requirements will be included on the ballot. Scanlan’s announcement follows an assessment by the State Attorney General, John Formella, who argued that the 14th Amendment does not grant Scanlan the authority to disqualify a candidate.
Trump campaign blasts out letter from— Sam Levine (@srl) September 12, 2023
NH state lawmakers urging SoS David Scanlan not to disqualify Trump under the 14th amendment pic.twitter.com/BcR5nK8kyE
This marks the second blow to the 14th Amendment push, as most Secretaries of State have rejected unilateral efforts to remove candidates from the ballot. Trump’s campaign and GOP lawmakers in New Hampshire have vehemently opposed the 14th Amendment argument, viewing it as an assault on democracy. Trump himself has dismissed it as a ploy by the Radical Left.
As the legal battles continue, it remains to be seen how this issue will evolve and whether it will eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.