Newsom Rejects Plan To Remove Trump From California Ballot

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has declared that he would refuse to take part in any plan to remove former President Donald Trump from California’s GOP primary ballot.

While the far-left governor continued to push the narrative that Trump is “a threat” to the United States, he did acknowledge that the right way to “defeat” Trump is at the ballot box, not in the courts.

“There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a threat to our liberties and even to our democracy, but in California, we defeat candidates at the polls. Everything else is a political distraction,” Newsom wrote in a Friday afternoon statement.

The Democrat governor’s comments came after it was reported that California officials were looking into methods to block Trump from the ballot in response to the Colorado Supreme Court’s likely unconstitutional decision to remove him from their state’s ballot.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Tuesday ruling claimed that Trump was disqualified from running for president because he engaged in an “insurrection” during the events of January 6, 2021 — despite the fact that Trump has not been convicted of any such crime and evidence shows that he called on supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” demonstrate.

California officials have been trying to push this argument for some time now, demanding that the state remove Trump from the ballot over the January 6 Capitol protests.

In September, nine California lawmakers sent a letter to state Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) demanding that he deem Trump ineligible for office. In recent weeks, there have been several more efforts to remove Trump from the ballot, including a bill that California state Sen. David Min (D) planned to introduce to allow California residents to file lawsuits to block ineligible candidates.

The most recent efforts came from California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who sent a letter to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber requesting that she “explore every legal option” to block Trump from the ballot.

“California must stand on the right side of history,” Kounalakis claimed. “California is obligated to determine if Trump is ineligible for the California ballot.”