Maceo "Troy" Streater, Alderman for the 21st Ward of the City of New Haven, along with his attorney, Alexander T. Taubes, Esq, are alleging that Donald J. Trump is ineligible to run for President in the State of Connecticut under the Fourteenth Amendment, Section Three, of the United States Constitution.
The pair issued a letter to Connecticut Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas on August 31, 2023, alleging that Trump should not be permitted on any ballot in Connecticut due to his "role on January 6th" where he allegedly "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States".
"Our position is that he did engage in insurrection against the United States on January 6, 2021, to prevent the peaceful transfer of power to our President, Joseph R. Biden. Pursuant to § 3 – 77-22(b)(3), the supporting data, facts, and arguments that support our position are contained in the Final Report of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, which is publicly available online at the following link: https://govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GPO-J6-REPORT/pdf/GPO-J6-REPORT.pdf."Source: New Haven Independent
They argue that the evidence is "conclusive" that Trump “lit that fire” that formed the main cause of the insurrection. They even cited "Republican" Liz Cheney of Wyoming who alleged in the sham J6 Report that Trump was “unfit for any office” under the Fourteenth Amendment.
The letter ended with a request that Thomas act on the petition immediately, under the Purcell principle 549 U.S. 1 (2006), to give notice to Trump about the allegation, and so that a hearing can take place under Connecticut General Statutes §§ 4 – 177 and 4 – 178 for fact finding purposes.
But did Trump really "light the fire" with this tweet asking everyone to remain peaceful?
And what about all of that footage from J6... the footage that confirms politicians lied about what really happened? How can any definitive conclusion be reached about J6 without all of the evidence?
A spokesperson for the Secretary of the State’s office acknowledged the letter, and said that it raised questions on both federal constitutionality and state election laws. But the office only has jurisdiction over the state election laws, not federal laws.
It does not appear that there will be a speedy response to Streater's letter given the complexity of the issues raised.