Wyoming Judge Dismisses Efforts To Remove Trump From Ballot

By Victor Winston, updated on January 6, 2024

A recent decision by a Wyoming district court judge has halted efforts to remove former President Donald Trump and Senator Cynthia Lummis from state election ballots.

In a significant legal development, the lawsuit alleging both as "insurrectionists" related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach was dismissed.

Retired lawyer Tim Newcomb, in November 2022, initiated a legal challenge targeting Trump and Lummis. He claimed they were unfit for inclusion on Wyoming ballots under the 14th Amendment, citing their purported roles in the Capitol breach.

Lawsuit Sparks Controversy in Wyoming Politics

Newcomb’s bold move extended beyond the courtroom. He demanded that Chuck Gray, Wyoming's Republican Secretary of State, resign for allegedly promoting "stochastic terror against Wyoming’s Judiciary." An apology to the court was also part of his request.

Gray, unyielding in his stance, vehemently criticized the lawsuit. He labeled it as an extreme act by a "radical left-wing madman." The Secretary of State saw this legal challenge as a direct attack on election integrity and democratic principles.

Newcomb, in a stark warning, suggested that siding with his viewpoint might expose the presiding judge to potential death threats.

This assertion underscored the high stakes and intense emotions surrounding the case, Fox News reported.

Dismissal of Lawsuit Met With Relief and Celebration

The lawsuit, however, found no favor in the Wyoming district court. The judge dismissed the case, aligning with Gray and Lummis's stance.

Gray expressed profound satisfaction with the court's decision. In a statement to Fox News Digital, he articulated his commitment to ensuring Trump's presence on Wyoming ballots. Gray's dedication to countering what he perceives as nationwide efforts at election interference was evident.

In response to the dismissal, Gray stated:

"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. I have been working to make sure that Donald Trump will be able to be on the ballot, and I am happy our motion to dismiss this lawsuit was granted. I will continue to fight against this nationwide effort in order to protect the integrity of our elections and ensure that the people of Wyoming can choose who to elect for themselves."

Senator Lummis, too, welcomed the judgment, describing the lawsuit as "frivolous." She emphasized the importance of voter freedom in choosing their elected officials, asserting that efforts to remove candidates from ballots undermine electoral integrity.

National Implications and Ongoing Legal Battles

Interestingly, this Wyoming case sits against a backdrop of similar legal challenges in other states. Colorado and Maine have already barred Trump from their ballots. This has set a precedent that Gray is actively fighting against.

The Colorado Supreme Court's ruling labeled Trump as an instigator of violence on January 6, leading to his exclusion from the ballot. Trump's legal team has since escalated this matter to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the Colorado decision.

This series of events began with Newcomb's lawsuit filing in November 2022, seeking to remove Trump and Lummis from Wyoming ballots.

His call for Gray's resignation and his caution about potential threats to the judge followed soon after. December 2022 saw the dismissal of the lawsuit, a decision celebrated by Gray and Lummis.

Meanwhile, Gray has been actively opposing similar efforts in other states, notably the Colorado Supreme Court's decision. Trump's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2023 marks the latest development in this ongoing legal saga.

Conclusion

The dismissal of Tim Newcomb's lawsuit in Wyoming district court marks a significant moment in the ongoing national dialogue surrounding election integrity and candidate eligibility.

While former President Donald Trump and Senator Cynthia Lummis celebrate this victory, the broader implications of such legal challenges continue to resonate across the United States, shaping the future of electoral processes and political candidacy.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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