Letter: Removing Trump from ballot is unconstitutional


Nancy Mayer of Freeland wrote “Trump should not be allowed to destroy nation” which was published on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023. In her letter, she states in the first paragraph, “Only a small, loud, misguided group of the GOP, who follow Trump, seem to have forgotten what this country stands for…” and in the second paragraph, “The 14th Amendment is clear…”

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, passed in 1866 and ratified in 1868 extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to formerly enslaved people. It begins with Section 1, which, edited for brevity here, states in part: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens…without due process of law…nor deny to any person…the equal protection of the laws.”

Nancy, it is you who seems to have forgotten what this nation stands for. You do not even recognize the hypocrisy of your words. You want to eliminate Donald J. Trump from the Washington State Primary ballot on the basis of Section 3, which does not apply, as there has been no “due process of law.” You fail to realize that President Trump has not been charged with insurrection nor has he ever been convicted of any crime. He was accused by then-Speaker Pelosi and others of insurrection, but never charged, for the unfortunate Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capital, when he asked his followers to “peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard.”

On Jan. 4, 2021, President Trump offered to both Pelosi and the mayor of DC the use of 15,000 federal troops to prevent the possibility of a riot or an insurrection. Both women turned him down. As we saw later, the fences went up and DC became a police state, ordered by one or both ladies.

Accusations are not proof of criminal behavior, Nancy. However, by advocating to remove his name from a ballot, you are guilty of advocating to abridge the privileges of many by: disenfranchising Republican and Independent voters to vote for their preferred candidate; voter suppression; and election interference, something the Democrats accuse Republicans of doing.

You might want to look at your own actions and the actions of those activists in the Democrat Party who would follow your advice, which, in my opinion, is nothing more than Democrat hate speech. Any state that eliminates Trump’s name from the ballot should have no electoral votes whatsoever. Denying one party should deny all parties…equity in action.

Corinne Siggens

Oak Harbor