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President Donald Trump has proven time and time again that he is a man who is uniquely positioned to defy all odds when it comes to politics. Lately, amidst what sometimes seems like a hurricane of legal attacks, a recent slew of court cases that are utilizing the Fourteenth Amendment as leverage to attempt to strip Trump off the 2024 ballot have arisen.
Despite the mainstream media’s salivation over the politicized cases, Trump is winning left and right – whether his political opponents want to admit it or not.
The Trump campaign has strongly alleged that “dark money” has been funding these Fourteenth Amendment cases, which argue that Trump should be stripped from the ballot based on Section Three. The section prohibits someone from holding office if they have participated in an “insurrection” or a “rebellion.”
Democrat donor George Soros has been linked to the groups filing these suits, including “Free Speech For People” and “CREW,” which have brought cases in both Minnesota and Colorado, respectively.
According to The New York Times, Free Speech for People has also sent letters to the secretaries of state in Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, pressuring them to strip Trump from the 2024 ballot based on the Fourteenth Amendment argument.
Unfortunately for those who would like to see Donald Trump removed from the Republican primary and the general election in 2024, he keeps doing what he does best: winning.
In the North Star State, President Trump landed a recent victory against a Fourteenth Amendment challenge brought by Free Speech For People. In early November, the Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed the case, essentially ruling that they did not have the authority to stop Trump from being placed on the ballot, The Hill reported.
This was a big win for the president, and it’s not the only victory he’s had on this issue.
In yet another loss for anti-Trump aficionados, Michigan Court of Claims Judge James Redford slapped down the notion that President Trump’s alleged “role” in the events of Jan. 6, 2021, would cause him to be ineligible to be on the 2024 ballot, per the Associated Press.
In this case, the judge also reasoned that such a decision should probably be left up to Congress rather than the individual state. Via AP’s report, Free Speech For People has also been involved in that case and has vowed to appeal the decision.
Nevertheless, the ruling was a resounding victory for proponents of free and fair election processes.
The Granite State handed Trump a big win at the behest of New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan, who said in September that he would not be utilizing the Fourteenth Amendment to keep the president’s name off the early primary ballot.
According to the AP, Scanlan can utilize his sole authority as Secretary of State to go ahead and schedule the primary and put Trump’s name on the ballot.
U.S. Supreme Court and Texas
In early October, President Trump won big in the highest court in the land after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Fourteenth Amendment challenge from Texas tax consultant John Anthony Castro.
As previously reported by RSBN, Castro argued that the so-called “insurrection” of Jan. 6, 2021, was enough to disqualify Trump from being on the ballot, but SCOTUS rejected the case entirely, ruling that Castro lacked standing to sue the 45th president.
Just weeks before SCOTUS rejected John Anthony Castro’s constitutional challenge to Trump’s candidacy, a Florida judge declared that an individual citizen simply did not have the standing to challenge whether someone was qualified to hold office.
Curiously, that case was brought by a tax attorney, Lawrence Caplan, who resided in the Sunshine State. Caplan also pointed to the events of Jan. 6, 2021, as the crux of Trump’s alleged involvement in an “insurrection.”
In Colorado, closing arguments were heard this week on whether the Fourteenth Amendment could be used to bar Trump from the state’s ballot, as well. While the verdict is still in limbo, the president is in a good position to net another victory in the Centennial State.
CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) is responsible for filing the lawsuit against Trump in Colorado, bluntly alleging that Trump was an insurrectionist in court, per the AP.
Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung recently argued, “Using lawfare to attack President Trump’s ballot access is Election Interference, and only happening because President Trump continues to poll so well against Crooked Joe Biden in traditionally blue states.”