November 16, 2023

Trump to Remain on Ballot in Michigan After Judge Rejects 14th Amendment Challenge

Former President Donald Trump will remain on Michigan ballots after a judge ruled against an attempt to remove him.

Michigan Court of Claims Judge James Rutherford rejected the push to ban Trump under the use of the 14th Amendment.

"The question of whether he is ineligible due to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment presents a political question that is nonjusticiable at the present time," the judge wrote.

"The question of whether Donald Trump is qualified or disqualified from appearing on the 2024 general election ballot in Michigan is not ripe for adjudication at this time," he added.

"According to Michigan Court of Claims Judge Robert Redford, Trump had the right to be on the ballot since he qualified to do so following state laws, and mentioned it would ultimately be a Congress decision," the Messenger reported.

“The judicial action of removing a candidate from the presidential ballot and prohibiting them from running essentially strips Congress of its ability to ‘by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such a disability,’” the judge wrote.

"Two of the challengers to Trump's eligibility in Michigan quickly vowed to appeal Redford's decisions Tuesday afternoon," the Detroit News reported.

"We are disappointed by the trial court’s decision, and we’re appealing it immediately," said Ron Fein, legal director of the nonprofit organization Free Speech For People. "The Michigan Supreme Court should reverse this badly reasoned lower court decision."

The attacks in multiple states are another legal effort to stop Trump from receiving a decision directly from America's voters where he continues to lead polls among Republican candidates and in many polls against President Joe Biden.

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