In recent months, judges in several states ruled that states did not have the authority to block former President Donald Trump’s name from appearing on upcoming ballots.
Nevertheless, two states are preparing to consider similar proposals and thus thwart Trump’s political ambitions.
The former president is the clear front-runner in the GOP field with the first primary just four months away. Polling shows him at 60+% and the No. 2 candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, at 12%.
With each indictment and court hearing, Trump surges in the polls — the most recent six national polls indicate Trump would beat Biden in a probable 2024 rematch.
Those hoping to block Trump from appearing on a state ballot cite the Constitution’s 14th Amendment “insurrection” clause to support their position.
Notably, after the Democrat-led congressional Jan. 6 Committee spent more than a year and more than $35 million, Trump has not been found guilty of “insurrection.”
The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is bringing forward the complaint against Trump in Colorado. Attorneys for the former president unsuccessfully attempted to have the case dismissed in a lower court.
A second case is about to be heard in a Minnesota court. Trump’s legal team has referred to the complaints as “absurd” and accuses left-leaning groups of “stretching the law beyond recognition.”
The Washington Examiner reported that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and former North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, both strong Trump supporters, faced similar court challenges leading up to the 2022 election.
In both of those cases, judges ruled that the government officials were eligible to serve and could not be blocked from having their names appear on ballots.
A judge ruled Greene was eligible for reelection last year, noting the group that filed the suit did not produce enough evidence to indicate Greene’s actions before, during and after the riot aided an insurrection in violation of the Constitution.
Proponents of blocking Trump-aligned politicians from serving vow to appeal their cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. Many legal experts predict the Court’s conservative majority will likely uphold lower court rulings and allow Trump’s name to appear on ballots.
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