The Michigan Supreme Court rejected an attempt to remove former President Trump from the state’s 2024 Republican primary ballot, following a similar decision in Colorado.
The disqualification is related to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“Significantly, Colorado’s election laws differ from Michigan’s laws in a material way that is directly relevant to why the appellants in this case are not entitled to the relief they seek concerning the presidential primary election in Michigan,” Justice Elizabeth Welch wrote. (Trending: Famous Actor Under Investigation After Calling For Biden’s Execution)
“Appellants argue that the political parties are state actors for purposes of putting forward candidates for the presidential primary, and thus, the political parties are subject to the United States Constitution,” Welch said.
“The appellants have also notified this Court that on December 19, 2023, a majority of the Colorado Supreme Court held that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and that therefore, under the Colorado Election Code, it would be wrongful for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the Colorado Republican presidential primary ballot in 2024,” she added.
Welch said the Colorado ruling “was preceded by a lengthy evidentiary proceeding in a trial court that developed the factual record necessary to resolve the complicated legal questions at issue,” and that the “effect of the decision from Colorado has been stayed for a short period, and Trump has indicated his intent to seek leave to appeal in the United States Supreme Court.”
“Appellants 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,” she added.
Trump criticized the “desperate Democrat attempt” and plans to seek leave to appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This pathetic gambit to rig the Election has failed all across the Country, including in states that have leaned heavily toward the Democrats,” Trump said.
“Colorado is the only State to have fallen prey to the scheme.”
“We are disappointed by the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision,” Free Speech for People’s Ron Fein said.
“The ruling conflicts with longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedent that makes clear that when political parties use the election machinery of the state to select, via the primary process, their candidates for the general election, they must comply with all constitutional requirements in that process.”
“However, the Michigan Supreme Court did not rule out that the question of Donald Trump’s disqualification for engaging in insurrection against the U.S. Constitution may be resolved at a later stage,” he added.
“The decision isn’t binding on any court outside Michigan and we continue our current and planned legal actions in other states to enforce Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment against Donald Trump.”
Lawsuits regarding Trump’s appearance on the ballot are pending in other states, including Texas, Nevada, and Wisconsin.