Michigan Supreme Court rules Trump can stay on state’s 2024 primary ballot
12/29/2023 // Ethan Huff // Views

Attempts to remove former President Donald Trump from the Michigan ballot in 2024 have failed.

Trump's opposition had attempted to argue, just as they are in numerous other states, that Trump is disqualified from running for president in Michigan because of the United States Constitution's "insurrectionist ban," this being the same claim made by the Colorado Supreme Court.

In short, challengers to Trump's run for the presidency in 2024 says that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies Trump from holding any further federal office because he "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" against the Constitution after having taken an oath to protect it.

Unlike what happened in Colorado, the Michigan case challenging Trump's eligibility to run for president again in 2024 was dismissed very early on, never reaching trial. The Court of Claims judge who was first to receive the case decided that state law does not give election officials the ability to police the eligibility of presidential primary candidates.

This outcome in Michigan is similar to what happened recently in West Virginia where a federal judge similarly rejected a claim to remove Trump from the state's 2024 ballot.

(Related: Trump's attorneys are petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States [SCOTUS] to move more slowly in considering the former president's immunity claim.)

SCOTUS to decide Trump's eligibility for presidential run

Ultimately, the decision on the matter for the entire country will be decided by SCOTUS. Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley says state-level bans on Trump's name being included on primary ballots "will be overturned because it is wrong on the history and the language of the 14th Amendment."

"As I have previously written, the disqualification of Trump is based on the use of a long-dormant provision in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment," Turley wrote. "After the Civil War, House members were outraged to see Alexander Stephens, the Confederate vice president, seeking to take the oath with an array of other former Confederate senators and military officers."

"They had all previously taken the same oath and then violated it to join a secession movement that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans ... That was a true rebellion ... January 6, 2021, was a riot."

In Michigan, the initial decision by the lower court was affirmed and upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which wrote that, currently, the only event that is next to occur "is the presidential primary election."

Keep in mind that this ruling does not automatically mean that Trump is still qualified to run for president in the Michigan primaries. It simply means that his name will still appear on the ballot regardless.

According to the Michigan Supreme Court, the anti-Trump challengers "have identified no analogous provision in the Michigan Election Law that requires someone seeking the office of President of the United States to attest to their legal qualification to hold the office."

"It really is amazing how a hoax (insurrection) can gain so much traction," wrote one perplexed commenter on a story about these ongoing efforts among the states to disqualify Trump from once again running for president in 2024.

"Mark my words: there will not be any election in the USA if Trump still lives until then," wrote another, expressing his opinion of what might happen in the coming months.

"They will not allow Trump to be the president again. They will start World War III if they have to – you can bet on that."

Another person disagreed, stating that the last thing the powers that be want "is for the 200-plus million voters in America to think there's something wrong."

The latest news about Trump's run for the presidency in 2024 can be found at Trump.news.

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