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Potential Consequences of Keeping Trump Off the Ballot According to Former Obama Adviser

Former top Obama adviser David Axelrod expressed strong reservations about keeping former President Donald Trump off the 2024 GOP presidential primary ballots. Axelrod believes that preventing Trump from running would divide the country as millions of people still want to vote for him. In Axelrod's opinion, if anyone wants to defeat Donald Trump, they will have to do it through the electoral process.

Recently, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows removed Trump from the state's primary ballot, invoking the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause. However, Maine GOP Chairman Joel Stetkis plans to appeal this decision. Similarly, the Colorado Supreme Court concluded that Trump is ineligible to run in the primary because of the same reason.

Nevertheless, the state Republican Party appealed this decision to the Supreme Court. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold stated that unless the high court intervenes, Trump will appear on the ballot.

Critics of Trump argue that he incited the insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to overturn the certification of the 2020 presidential race.

Axelrod, who served as the chief strategist for Democrat Barack Obama's winning presidential campaigns, predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will promptly hear Trump's case and ultimately allow his name to remain on the ballot. He also believes that the decisions to remove Trump from the ballot have unintentionally strengthened him in the Republican primary.

Axelrod further points out that Trump's opponents have previously tried to undermine him through indictments related to various state and federal criminal cases. However, this strategy only seemed to enhance Trump's popularity within the 2024 GOP presidential primary.

So, with these developments and Axelrod's insights, the ongoing debate surrounding Trump's eligibility and the potential impact it may have on the Republican primary continue to unfold.

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