(Patriot.Buzz) – In a solid reaffirmation of democracy and the fairness of the rule of law, the Michigan Supreme Court recently rejected an attempt to bar former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s 2024 ballot.
This decision has significant implications, potentially influencing the U.S. Supreme Court to review a similar Colorado ruling that disqualified Trump from its primary.
The Michigan ruling came as a response to an appeal invoking the 14th Amendment’s Insurrection Clause, which argued that Trump’s actions surrounding the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot disqualified him from holding office.
Trump expressed his satisfaction with the decision on Truth Social, criticizing the attempt to exclude him from the ballot as a “Desperate Democrat attempt to rig the Election.”
Justice Elizabeth Welch, the sole dissenting voice on the Michigan Supreme Court, argued for a substantive ruling on the petition rather than focusing on jurisdiction. She agreed with the lower courts that the Michigan secretary of state does not have the authority to determine a presidential candidate’s eligibility. However, Welch suggested that legal efforts to challenge Trump’s eligibility could be renewed if he becomes the Republican nominee or pursues an independent candidacy.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, which found that Trump incited insurrection, contrasts sharply with Michigan’s decision. Feeling undeterred, Trump rallied his followers on Truth Social against further efforts to disqualify him, framing the situation as a fight against a “Rigged and Stolen” election and the “Radical Left.”
The legal battle over Trump’s eligibility could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, especially in light of the Colorado decision, which is currently stayed until January 4. Trump’s legal team has not yet commented on any plans to appeal the Colorado ruling.
As the 2024 election approaches, Trump remains an unchallenged contender in the Republican field, leading by a significant margin in polls and even outpacing Joe Biden in national popular vote projections, according to RealClearPolitics. This legal controversy underscores the polarized political landscape and the use of legal schemes by Trump’s adversaries to prevent him from running.