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Arizona Supreme Court Slaps Down Attempt to Remove Gosar, Biggs, Finchem from Ballot

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The Arizona Supreme Court has struck down an attempt by leftists to remove Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, along with Arizona Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem, from their primary ballots.

The lawsuit argued that Representatives Gosar and Biggs, who are running for re-election to Congress, and State Representative Finchem, who is running for Arizona’s Secretary of State, should be disqualified from their primary ballots because of the “insurrection” clause in the Fourteenth Amendment.

The Amendment states that anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution and previously taken an oath of office cannot serve again.

While the Amendment initially referred to supporters of the Confederacy, the petitioners argued that the January 6 protests amounted to an insurrection, and claimed that Gosar, Biggs, and Finchem, all supported it.

However, the Arizona Supreme Court dismissed the suit, which was launched by far-left group Free Speech for People, on Monday, after lower courts had also all dismissed it.

In a tweet, Gosar said Democrats will now have to beat them “at the ballot box,” not via lawfare. “Free Speech Wins,” he added.

In a statement, the leftist Free Speech for People attacked the decision from the Arizona Supreme Court, claiming that it betrayed the “fundamental purpose” of the Fourteenth Amendment,” and “gives a pass to political violence as a tool for disrupting and overturning free and fair elections.”

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There is no evidence that the Capitol protests were an insurrection, or that Representatives Gosar, Biggs, and Finchem supported such an action.

The lawsuit was part of a widespread national attempt to remove staunch supporters of 45th President Donald Trump and his America First agenda from their primary ballots. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn had also been targeted by leftist lawfare, although both have failed.

Representative Greene last week blamed the “Soros-style dark money group” for launching the attack on “free speech, on our elections” and the voters themselves. “Democrats know they can’t beat me at the ballot box, so left-wing Communist activists tried to RIP my name off the ballot,” she added, “and they failed.”

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    May 10, 2022 at 11:01 am

    The same leftist group tried this same ploy on Majorie Taylor Green in Alabama, too…and failed there, too.

    The totally disingenuous attempt to label Marjorie Taylor Greene as an insurrectionist and to disqualify her from running for office simply because she “downplayed” the events on 1/6/21, is ludicrous on its face. The purveyors of the now-infamous “Trump-Russia collusion” hoax alleged that Greene “voluntarily aided and engaged in an insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power.” Was this a protest against an election rife with “irregularities,” illegal rules changes, election official misconduct and proven ballot fraud that got out of hand? “Yes,” it was; but was it an attempted overthrow of our government? “Hell NO.”

    Has ANYONE who was present at or even inside the Capitol on 1/6/21, been formally charged in an indictment with “insurrection?” Of course not! Why, because the activities that day didn’t come close to meeting the definition. While Democrats and their sycophantic pundits in the leftist media STILL toss the term around in every story about that day…throwing it like spitballs hoping that their bobble-headed “useful idiots” will buy into the narrative that MAGA supporters are both the “greatest threat to democracy AND also the stupidest people on earth…that they would actually attempt an insurrection to overthrow our government at a single location, and without the use of firearms, explosives or other significant weaponry that would be absolutely necessary to actually attempt an insurrection.

    This is a classic overreach, “hyperbole cubed” by Democrats to again vilify Donald Trump, plus the millions of Americans who supported his vision, and to hide the FACT that 1/6/21, was a coordinated set-up by Nancy Pelosi, et. al., who WANTED an incident. IF she hadn’t wanted one, she would have accepted President Trump’s offer to provide thousands of National Guard troops to surround secure the Capitol. Period.

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