Nov 14, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump allowed to stay on Michigan presidential ballot, judge rules

Former President Trump is seen on Nov. 11 in New York City. Photo: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

A Michigan judge ruled Tuesday that former President Trump can stay on the state's ballot for the 2024 presidential elections.

The big picture: The decision is the second by a state court this week to dismiss a legal challenge seeking to block Trump from a primary ballot under the insurrection provision of the 14th Amendment.

  • Several states are seeing lawsuits arguing that the Republican primary front-runner's actions surrounding the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot should disqualify him from serving as president under the Civil War-era amendment's insurrection clause.

Driving the news: Court of Claims Judge James Redford rejected arguments that claimed Trump is ineligible for the presidency because of his role in the Capitol riot.

  • Since Trump followed Michigan's state law for getting on the primary ballot, a judge can't remove him, Redford said.

What they're saying: Attorney Mark Brewer, co-counsel in the case, said they'll appeal the ruling in order to "uphold this critical constitutional provision designed to protect our republic.

  • "Trump led a rebellion and insurrection against the Constitution when he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election and he is disqualified from ever seeking or holding public office again," Brewer said in a statement.

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