Missouri Secretary of State threatens to remove Biden from ballot if Trump removal stands

By Jen Krausz on
 January 8, 2024

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) threatened on X Friday to remove President Joe Biden from the ballot there if former President Donald Trump is removed.

Trump was removed from the ballot by the states of Colorado and Maine, but he has already appealed those rulings to the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments in the case in February.

“While I expect the Supreme Court to overturn this, if not, Secretaries of State will step in & ensure the new legal standard for @realDonaldTrump applies equally to @JoeBiden!,” Ashcroft wrote on X.

Ashcroft seemed to say that if Trump was allowed to be removed from any one state's ballot, then all states would end up removing him.

“I’m not in favor of going down this path. But if we will go down this path, it’s inevitable, if the Supreme Court does not stop this,” Ashcroft told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The rules will be applied equally. I just hope they will not be the rules of Colorado and Maine.”

Missouri was one of more than a dozen states that joined in submitting a letter to the Supreme Court supporting Trump's ability to be on the ballot.