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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 12:07 IST

US 2024 election: Trump refuses to sign oath against overthrowing government

Joe Biden’s campaign condemned the ex-Republican leader Trump for sidestepping the decades-old tradition.

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Ex Republican president of United States Donald Trump. | Image:AP
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US President Joe Biden’s campaign sidestepped the Illinois ballot-access tradition this past week as he refused to sign the oath in which the candidates are required to take a pledge against overthrowing government. Trump did not voluntarily sign the state’s loyalty oath with the  Illinois State Board of Elections as part of the ballot-access paperwork, according to a report published by Chicago Sun-Times.

Joe Biden’s campaign condemned the ex-Republican leader Trump for sidestepping the decades-old tradition to pledge against “advocating to overthrow of the government.” Trump omission of the oath comes amid the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol in 2020.

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Biden campaign: 'Trump can't bring himself to sign paper that he won’t attempt a coup to overthrow our government?'

Biden campaign spokesman Michael Tyler, commenting on Trump’s decision, said: “We know he’s deadly serious because three years ago today he tried and failed to do exactly that.” He continued, “For the entirety of our nation’s history, presidents have put their hand on the Bible and sworn to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States — and Donald Trump can’t bring himself to sign a piece of paper saying he won’t attempt a coup to overthrow our government.”

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Tyler continued, “This is the same man [Trump] who thinks American troops who died protecting the ideals outlined in the Constitution are suckers and losers — yet calls the convicted felons who violently assaulted and killed police officers on January 6th ‘hostages.’” Furthermore he added, “He can’t fathom putting anything — our country, our principles or the well-being and safety of the American people — above his own quest for retribution and power.”

Trump’s spokesman, Steven Cheung, hit back at Biden campaign, saying, “President Trump will once again take the oath of office on January 20th, 2025, and will swear ‘to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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The Illinois law requires the presidential candidates on the March 19 primary ballot to submit the nominating petitions to the Illinois State Board of Elections .The loyalty oath has long been part of that process, although the pledge isn’t mandatory.

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 12:07 IST

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