Wyoming judge shoots down Trump ballot challenge

January 8, 2024
by
Matthew Boose

An effort to remove Donald Trump from the ballot in Wyoming has been shot down by a county judge.

The ruling from Albany County Judge Misha Westby is the latest sign of trouble ahead for the leftist campaign to "save democracy" by tampering with the ballot.

Judge Westby dismissed on Friday a lawsuit brought by a retired attorney, Tim Newcomb, who sought to remove both Trump and Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis (R) from the ballot.

Judge dismisses ballot challenge

The judge dismissed the complaint without prejudice, meaning it could be filed again. Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray, who was the defendant, said he was gratified with the ruling.

“I am extremely pleased with Judge Westby’s decision to dismiss Mr. Newcomb’s outrageously wrong and repugnant lawsuit to remove Donald Trump and Cynthia Lummis from the ballot in Wyoming,” Gray said.

Newcomb claimed that Trump is ineligible to run for president because of the January 6th "insurrection." Newcomb also sought to ban Senator Lummis on the basis that she objected to the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania - which makes her an insurrectionist, according to liberals.

Senator Lummis cheered the dismissal of the "frivolous" lawsuit.

"Efforts to remove candidates from the ballot are a direct attack on the freedom of voters to choose their elected officials and undermines the integrity of our elections,” she added.

Ballot battle escalates...

Importantly, Trump has not been convicted of insurrection - let alone charged with the crime. Beyond Trump, Democrats have sought to ban dozens of Republicans from the ballot who simply objected to the election results in 2020.

The Colorado Supreme Court opened up Pandora's Box in December, ruling that Trump is ineligible to be president under an obscure section of the Fourteenth Amendment dealing with "insurrection." Trump will remain on the ballot, for now, while the U.S. Supreme Court considers Trump's appeal.

“I just hope we get fair treatment,” Trump said at an Iowa rally Friday. “Because if we don’t, our country’s in big, big trouble. Does everybody understand what I’m saying?”

Trump has blasted the ballot removal effort as a desperate attempt to sway the 2024 election in Joe Biden's favor, as recent polls show Biden losing ground to Trump. Challenges have been filed in over 30 states.

Former Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney, who was fired by the state's voters over her anti-Trump activism, admitted Sunday that Trump's enemies may be left with no choice but to defeat Trump at the ballot box.

"We'll see what happens in the courts...in the meantime, and in any case, we have to be prepared to ensure that we can defeat him at the ballot box," she told Face The Nation.

Wouldn't that be the democratic way to do it?

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