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Illinois Judge Who Booted Trump Off Ballot Originally Worked Traffic Court

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A judge in Illinois removed Donald Trump from the 2024 primary ballot, citing the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

Judge Tracie Porter has limited experience in election and constitutional law, previously working in a traffic court.

Forbes reported, “She has written law review articles on the the school-to-prison pipeline, voter rights and mortgage short sales, according to the Cook County Democratic Party, and her professional associations include the Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association and Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, where she was a former member of the board of directors.”

Her ruling contradicts other states that rejected similar challenges.

Trump’s campaign called it unconstitutional and will appeal.

Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Steven Cheung, said, “Today, an activist Democrat judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state’s board of elections and contradicted earlier decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions.”

Trump said, “We put on three great justices, and you have some other great justices up there, and they’re not going to take the vote away from the people. I’m sure the Supreme Court is going to say, ‘We’re not going to take the vote away from the people.’”

The U.S. Supreme Court is also set to rule soon in another case challenging Colorado’s removal of Trump from its ballot based on insurrection.

During oral arguments, conservative Justice Samuel Alito questioned whether Colorado’s standard could be applied to other states, while Trump is confident the justices he appointed will rule in his favor to allow voters to choose.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said, “Suppose there is a country that proclaims again and again and again that the United States is its biggest enemy, and suppose that the president of the United States, for diplomatic reasons, thinks it is in the best interest of the United States to provide funds or release funds so that they can be used by that country, could a state determine that person has given aid and comfort to the enemy and therefore keep that person off of the ballot?”

The judge’s ruling and these court cases address challenges to Trump’s eligibility to run for president in 2024 based on the insurrection clause.

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