Boebert threatens Colorado secretary of state with recall effort following Supreme Court ruling

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) led a group of Colorado Republicans in threatening to recall Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Tuesday over her decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state ballot.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state could not remove Trump from the ballot over the 14th Amendment insurrection clause, Boebert claimed in a letter that Griswold embarrassed the state with her attempt to remove Trump unlawfully.

“Instead of fulfilling her oath of office to encourage Coloradans to make their voices heard, she abused her office for selfish political decisions to rig the primary election against President Donald J. Trump,” Boebert wrote, according to the Hill.

To trigger a recall effort, the Republicans would need 621,000 valid signatures on a petition. The effort is already supported by Boebert, Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dave Williams, state party Vice Chairwoman Hope Scheppelman, and GOP Secretary Anna Ferguson, who all signed the letter.

Griswold led the effort to keep Trump off the primary ballot in Colorado, a move supported by the state Supreme Court. However, it lost on the federal level after the Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have the power to keep a presidential candidate off the ballot under the 14th Amendment. The insurrection clause was used because of Trump’s alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The Supreme Court ruling was unanimous.

Griswold expressed her disappointment in the ruling on Monday night, claiming the state should be allowed to remove those who participated or led an insurrection. However, Trump has not been convicted of insurrection, and none of the Jan. 6 rioters have been charged with insurrection.

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“My larger reaction is disappointment. I do believe that states should be able, under our Constitution, to bar oath-breaking insurrectionists,” Griswold told MSNBC. “Ultimately, this decision leaves open the door for Congress to act to pass authorizing legislation, but we know that Congress is a nearly nonfunctioning body, so ultimately, it will be up to the American voters to save our democracy in November.”

The ruling also blocks similar efforts in other states, such as Maine and Illinois. 

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