Illinois judge tries to strip Trump from primary ballot as nation awaits Supreme Court decision on 14th Amendment case

by Summer Lane

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This week, a judge in Illinois ordered President Donald Trump to be stripped from the state’s primary ballot, multiple outlets have reported.

The newest 14th Amendment-related order comes as the nation is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to make a decision on whether Trump’s name could be stripped from state ballots based on claims that he engaged in an alleged “insurrection” or “rebellion” on Jan. 6, 2021.

According to The New York Times, Trump’s removal from the Illinois primary ballot is paused until Friday, and his campaign has made it clear that they plan to appeal the decision.

Trump spokesman Steven Cheung explained in a fiery statement, “The Soros-funded Democrat front-groups continue to attempt to interfere in the election and deny President Trump his rightful place on the ballot. Today, an activist Democrat judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state’s board of elections and contradicted earlier decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions.”

The 14th Amendment-based cases against Trump’s candidacy have largely fallen flat, and even Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh pointed out during oral arguments regarding a Colorado ballot case that Trump has never been charged with insurrection.

As reported by RSBN, the Colorado State Supreme Court decided that Trump was disqualified from appearing on the 2024 ballot this year based upon Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The interpretation of what constitutes an “insurrection” or “rebellion” and how broadly it may be applied is precisely what the Supreme Court justices will decide.

“President Trump has not been charged” with insurrection, Justice Kavanaugh pointed out.

In the Illinois ballot case, spokesman Cheung further argued, “This is an unconstitutional ruling that we will quickly appeal. In the meantime, President Trump remains on the Illinois ballot, is dominating the polls, and will Make America Great Again!”

At midnight on February 29, President Trump’s attorneys filed an appeal for the Illinois ballot decision, as promised, according to The Epoch Times.

The Illinois presidential primary election is scheduled for March 19, 2024.

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