Republicans Are Wrong: Kicking Trump Off The Ballot Doesn't Help Him
Never in the history of democratic elections has a candidate not being on the ballot been helpful.
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The Claim That Kicking Trump Off The Ballot Helps Him
Former Trump Attorney General turned Trump critic William Barr told CNN that he thinks disqualifying Trump from the ballot helps the former president.
Barr said, “I think this kind of action of stretching the law, taking these hyper-aggressive positions to try to knock Trump out of the race are counterproductive, they backfire as, you know, he feeds on grievance just like a fire, feeds on oxygen. And this is gonna end up as a grievance that helps him.”
Video of Barr:
The idea that a candidate is helped by not being on the ballot for voters to vote for is complete nonsense. President Biden has already taken the lead over Trump in nine of the fourteen major polls over the past month.
Trump needs to be on the ballot. If the Republican nominee isn’t on the ballot, Republicans can’t vote for him. The idea that ballot disqualification helps Trump is nonsensical. How does Trump benefit if he gets kicked off the ballot in more states? He might add more votes to his margin of victory in red states that Biden was not going to win anyway.
We’ll talk about what this ruling means for the Republican Party and democracy below.