Michigan Court Rules to Keep Donald Trump on Primary Ballot

Thu Dec 28 2023
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MICHIGAN: In a significant development, the Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear a case seeking to disqualify Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot.

Four voters in Michigan aimed to bar the former president due to his alleged role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. The voters argued that Trump’s involvement in the insurrection disqualified him from holding office under the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, which prohibits individuals engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” from serving.

The court’s decision contrasts with a recent ruling in Colorado disqualifying Trump under the same constitutional provision.

The Michigan Supreme Court rejected an appeal from voters seeking to prevent Donald Trump’s inclusion in the state’s Republican primary ballot, citing his alleged involvement in the Capitol attack.

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The voters argued that Trump’s role in the insurrection violated the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, which bars individuals from holding office if engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” after swearing allegiance to the United States.

Trump hailed the court’s decision on his Truth Social platform, calling it a denial of a “desperate Democrat attempt” to remove him from the Michigan ballot.

The Michigan ruling differs from Colorado’s decision last week, where Trump was disqualified under the same constitutional provision. Trump plans to appeal the Colorado ruling to the US Supreme Court.

A potential US Supreme Court ruling could determine Trump’s eligibility to run in the 2024 presidential race, as he faces legal challenges related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

This development highlights the ongoing legal battles surrounding Trump’s political future and the broader constitutional questions arising from the events of January 6, 2021.

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