Michigan – December 27, 2023
Michigan’s Supreme Court has opted to keep”former President Donald Trump’s position on the state’s primary election ballot for the upcoming 2024 presidential race.” The court, in a Wednesday ruling, declined to entertain an appeal from groups attempting to block Trump from participating in the primary.
The court’s order, issued on December 27, cited a lack of persuasion regarding the necessity to review the questions presented in the appeal of a December 14 judgment from the Michigan appeals court. This development underscores the ongoing legal battles surrounding Trump’s eligibility for the upcoming election.
The Michigan case joins a slew of similar legal challenges across the United States, all centered on the so-called “insurrection clause.” This clause, rooted in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution from holding office.
A pivotal moment in this legal saga occurred on December 19 when the Colorado Supreme Court, in a divided decision, declared Trump ineligible for the presidency due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. This marked the first instance in history where “Section 3 of the 14th Amendment” was employed to “disqualify a presidential candidate.”
The cases in Michigan and Colorado form part of a larger mosaic of legal battles seeking to exclude Trump’s name from state election ballots. The significance of these legal challenges stems from the potential impact of the insurrection clause on Trump’s candidacy.
The 2020 election in Michigan was a closely contested battle between Trump and the current President, Joe Biden. A recent disclosure, arising from a post-election phone call recording revealed in a report from “The Detroit News on December 22,” suggests that Trump exerted influence on two election officials in “Wayne County, Michigan,” urging them not to confirm the 2020 vote totals and casting doubt on the authenticity of Biden’s win. The authenticity of this recording remains unconfirmed by Trump’s 2024 campaign.
As legal battles continue to unfold, the outcome of these cases could significantly shape the political landscape leading up to the 2024 presidential election. Several groups highlighting the critical nature of these proceedings contribute an extra layer of complexity to the ongoing legal saga, given the urgent requirement to complete and print ballots for the upcoming presidential primary election.