The 2024 presidential campaign season is turning into a legal war of trying to keep Donald Trump off the ballot and the courts are not buying the argument.
A Michigan judge ruled on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump will remain on the state’s primary ballot.
This is the second time in one week a state court declined to remove Trump from a primary ballot under the insurrection provision of the 14th Amendment.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled last week that Trump could stay on that state’s primary ballot and constitutional eligibility is not an issue.
Now, Michigan Court of Claims Judge James Redford has rejected the insurrection argument to bar Trump from the state ballot.
Redford wrote that Trump followed state law, which is what the Minnesota court concluded, and hence, has qualified for the primary ballot.
Redford also concluded that deciding whether an event constituted “a rebellion or insurrection and whether or not someone participated in it” are questions to be decided by Congress and not “one single judicial officer.”
A judge “cannot in any manner or form possibly embody the represented qualities of every citizen of the nation — as does the House of Representatives and the Senate,” Redford ruled.
Free Speech For People, a liberal group that has brought 14th Amendment cases in a number of states.
“We are disappointed by the trial court’s decision, and we’re appealing it immediately,” said Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech For People.
Trump's campaign blasted these cases after the Michigan ruling.
“Each and every one of these ridiculous cases have lost because they are all un-Constitutional left-wing fantasies orchestrated by monied allies of the Biden campaign seeking to turn the election over to the courts and deny the American people the right to choose their next president,” Trump’s campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said.
A judge in Colorado presiding over a similar insurrection case is expected to rule on Friday.
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