Trump Taken Off Of Another 2024 Ballot?

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

( – The Michigan Supreme Court has denied a petition to exclude former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 Republican primary ballot. This ruling follows a contrasting decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, which recently ruled to disqualify Trump from appearing on Colorado’s 2024 ballots. The Colorado court’s decision was based on the 14th Amendment in relation to the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.

Justice Elizabeth Welch of the Michigan Supreme Court clarified the distinction between Colorado’s and Michigan’s election laws, which influenced the decision in Michigan. She stated that the appellants in Michigan’s case argued that political parties, as state actors in presidential primaries, are bound by the U.S. Constitution. However, she noted the lack of a similar provision in Michigan’s Election Law requiring presidential candidates to attest to their legal qualification for the office.

The Colorado ruling involved a comprehensive evidentiary process in a trial court to establish the facts necessary to address the complex legal questions. Trump has indicated plans to appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following the Michigan ruling, Trump expressed relief on Truth Social, asserting that the attempt to remove him from Michigan’s ballot was a desperate move by Democrats and has failed. He remarked that Colorado remains the only state to have succumbed to what he describes as a scheme to rig the election.

Further, the 14th Amendment’s clause in question bars individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the U.S., or supported its enemies, from holding any office, including the presidency. However, Congress has the power to remove this disqualification with a two-thirds vote in each House.

Lawsuits concerning Trump’s eligibility for the ballot are still pending in other states, including Texas, Nevada, and Wisconsin, adding to the ongoing legal and political challenges surrounding his candidacy.

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