A lawsuit challenging Donald Trump’s eligibility to be on the presidential ballot in Rhode Island was dismissed by a federal judge.
The lawsuit, brought by a Republican candidate, was thrown out due to lack of standing and failure to demonstrate direct competition with Trump.
The lawsuit argued that Trump’s actions disqualified him from the ballot based on the 14th Amendment, but Trump’s lawyer argued that eligibility rules are set by Congress and the Electoral College, not the courts. (Trending: Biden Shamefully Removes God From National Address)
U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. dismissed the lawsuit brought by write-in Republican presidential candidate John Anthony Castro, of Texas.
The court found that Castro failed to show he was a “direct and current competitor at the time that he filed his complaint.”
He could not establish that he would suffer an injury-in-fact if Trump remained on the ballot.
“Castro makes no attempt to demonstrate that he is actually competing with Trump for votes and contributions.”
Trump argued through lawyer Gregory Piccirilli who said, “Federal courts presented with similar cases challenging the qualifications of presidential candidates have uniformly indicated that they present nonjusticiable political questions reserved for those entities.”
“This Court should do likewise.”