Michigan Considers Historic Move To Remove Trump From 2024 Ballot

In a groundbreaking development that could have significant implications for the 2024 presidential race, election officials in the State of Michigan are exploring the possibility of disqualifying former President Donald Trump from running for office. This move is based on the interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s prohibition against insurrectionists holding public office.

The debate surrounding this issue has ignited across key battleground states, where legal experts and politicians are assessing the legality and potential ramifications of such a move. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution unequivocally states that individuals who have taken an oath of office cannot hold public office if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

However, the Constitution does not offer explicit guidance on how to enforce this ban, and it has only been invoked twice since the late 1800s. During that time, it was primarily used against former Confederates. This legal gray area has prompted officials to carefully scrutinize the applicability of the 14th Amendment in the context of the upcoming presidential election cycle.

New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, David Scanlan, a Republican, recently announced his request for the state’s attorney general to examine this matter. He seeks legal advice regarding the “provision’s potential applicability” to the 2024 presidential election. Scanlan stated, “I’m going to study the matter in anticipation of lawsuits.”

Prominent legal experts, including retired judge J. Michael Luttig and Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard, have argued that the 14th Amendment could serve as a barrier to Trump’s potential presidential bid in 2024. They contend that his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which culminated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, fall within the scope of the amendment’s prohibition.

Currently, Trump has been indicted four times, further intensifying his legal challenges as the 2024 election looms. He’s the first US president to be indicted at this rate in the history of the country.

A significant development in this ongoing saga is a lawsuit filed in Michigan by litigious activist Robert Davis. Davis’s legal challenge targets Michigan’s Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, and seeks to disqualify Trump from both the 2024 primary and general election ballots in the state. Davis’s claim is that the former president is ineligible to serve another term due to his involvement in actions that could be deemed insurrectionist.

“We will proceed to carefully and thoughtfully weigh the unprecedented issues at play here, and I can say with certainty,” Benson wrote on X. “I will follow the law and uphold the Constitution. And I hope and expect my colleagues will do the same.”

Michigan’s potential move to exclude Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot would mark a historic and contentious step in the ongoing political saga surrounding the former president. As the legal debate continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how other states and legal authorities will respond to this bold challenge to Trump’s political future.

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