A federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama dismissed a challenge to former President Donald Trump being on the 2024 ballot in Arizona.
The challenge was based on the claim that Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot made him ineligible to hold elected office under the 14th Amendment.
Judge Douglas L. Rayes ruled that the plaintiff was not genuinely competing with Trump and therefore not suffering a concrete competitive injury. (Trending: Democrat Accused Of Blocking Release of Jeffrey Epstein Flight Logs)
Republican Party official Harmeet Dhillon wrote on X, “Happy to announce that yet another federal district court, this time in Arizona, has dismissed a challenge to [Donald Trump] being on the ballot for 2024.”
“The court made short work of the standing arguments in the case. Congrats to our client & my [Dhillon Law] colleagues, again!” celebrated Dhillon.
According to Newsweek, “His [plaintiff John Anthony Castro] suits have argued that Trump’s position on the ballot in alleged defiance of the 14th Amendment has unfairly impacted the chances of his own campaign.”
“His argument has not yet found success, and his suits have also been dismissed in Florida, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington, D.C.,” continued the outlet.
“Part of the Court’s decision is its reluctance to embrace an interpretation which would disqualify a presidential candidate without a clear, unmistakable indication that such is the intent of Section Three,” the judge wrote.
“After considering the arguments on both sides, the Court is persuaded that ‘officers of the United States’ did not include the President of the United States,” wrote Judge Rayes.
“It appears to the Court that for whatever reason the drafters of Section Three did not intend to include a person who had only taken the Presidential Oath,” she concluded.
Additionally, the Colorado Supreme Court is considering a case that could potentially remove Trump from the ballot in the state’s presidential race.
This case is based on the argument that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, violated the 14th Amendment.