Trump Fights His Way Back Onto 2024 Ballot

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – James Redford, a judge for the Michigan Court of Claims has ruled that former President Donald Trump is allowed to stay on the 2024 presidential primary ballot in the state and rejected the push to use the 14th Amendment to disqualify the former President.

The activist groups that had brought forward the case had argued that Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot had meant that he was disqualified from ever holding public office again. Similar lawsuits have also been filed in Minnesota and Colorado.

The Minnesota challenge was dismissed last week by the state Supreme Court which argued that the primary process is an internal process and does not mean that any of the candidates will necessarily be placed on the general ballot or that they would become the United States president. The justices added that there was no state statute that blocked political parties from placing certain candidates on the ballot.

On Wednesday, the closing arguments in the Colorado case will be heard, and the judge is likely to decide the case by Friday.

Redford in his decision in Michigan argued that Trump had followed the state law in order to qualify for the primary ballot which means that there is no way for him to be removed. The judge added that Congress should determine whether or not Trump is disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The Amendment specifically blocks anyone who had engaged in insurrection from running for office.

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