The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot in 2024.
Far-left legal organizations have pushed to remove the former president from the primary ballot in more than a dozen states. The challenges cite Section III of the 14th Amendment, which bars former officers of the United States who have engaged in “insurrection” from running for federal office.
Despite the fact that Trump has not been charged with, much less convicted of, inciting an “insurrection” on January 6, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court made an unprecedented ruling to remove him from the ballot last week. Trump has vowed to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Michigan Supreme Court decided to go in a different direction after making note of Colorado’s decision, however. “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,” the ruling said.
A left-leaning group had appealed a previous appeals court ruling that concluded that Michigan’s secretary of state lacks the authority to remove Trump from the ballot, regardless of the interpretation of the 14th Amendment. The Democrat-controlled high court noted that while the appeal was considered, it was denied because “we are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court.”
Attorneys for Free Speech for People, a left-wing nonprofit group also involved in efforts to keep Trump’s name off the primary ballot in Minnesota, had previously asked Michigan’s Supreme Court to render its decision by Christmas Day. The group argued that time was “of the essence” due to “the pressing need to finalize and print the ballots for the presidential primary election.”
Wednesday’s ruling hands Trump a legal victory as his campaign attempts to fend off multiple ballot challenges ahead of the 2024 election.
This is a developing story.