On Monday, attorneys for former President Donald Trump initiated a lawsuit challenging an effort to remove him off Michigan’s presidential ballot in 2024.
The lawsuit seeks to prevent Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, from removing Trump’s name off the ballot for the upcoming Presidential primary and general election, using the 14th Amendment as the basis for doing so.
Reports show that despite President Trump’s overwhelming support, others want to suppress the vote in Michigan to prevent his supporters from having their say. They want the Secretary of State to go against her duty and use her powers to prevent President Trump’s name from appearing on the ballot. According to the complaint, the defendants want to utilize the court system as a means to their ends.
To block Benson from removing Trump from the ballot, Trump’s legal team is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court that she lacks the jurisdiction to do so and an injunction to prevent it.
Free Speech for Free Peoples, a charity on the far left, has also filed a case in Minnesota to remove Trump from the ballot. Section three of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits candidates who have previously taken an oath of office and subsequently acted in rebellion or insurrection against the same or provided assistance or comfort to the enemies thereof, is central to the argument that Trump is disqualified.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has started a similar campaign in Colorado to remove Trump from the ballot in that state.
Donald Trump recently made the analogy between the United States and a banana republic when speaking to radio personality Dan Bongino. The 14th Amendment scheme only continues along those lines.
A report shows that last Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Minnesota denied a petition to bar Donald J. Trump from running for office again under the Fourteenth Amendment.
The judges ruled that neither election authorities nor the courts could prevent the Republican Party from nominating Mr. Trump as a candidate. No state law forbids a major political party from nominating an ineligible candidate for President in the primary or dispatching delegates to national conventions in favor of that candidate.