Court rules in favor of Trump, allowing him to appear on Michigan primary ballot

Donald Trump achieved a victory on Wednesday in his battle against the challenges to his eligibility for another run at the White House. The top court in Michigan declined to hear a case that aimed to disqualify him from the state’s presidential primary ballot.

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from four voters in the state who were seeking to prevent the former president from participating in the upcoming Republican primary. These voters argued that the former president should be barred from the primary due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The voters raised an argument that Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination, would be ineligible to serve as president. They pointed to a provision in the U.S. Constitution which prohibits individuals from holding office if they have participated in acts of “insurrection or rebellion” after taking an oath to uphold the United States.

The justices expressed their lack of conviction that the questions at hand merit review from this Court, as stated in a concise order.

In a recent post on his Truth Social site, Trump expressed his satisfaction with the court’s decision, stating that they had “strongly and rightfully denied” what he referred to as a “desperate Democrat attempt” to remove him from the ballot in Michigan.


In a recent ruling, the state of Michigan took a different stance compared to Colorado’s decision last week. While Colorado’s top court disqualified Trump based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, Michigan’s ruling went in a different direction. Trump, however, has made it clear that he intends to appeal the Colorado ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump has faced indictments in both federal and Georgia cases for his involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 election. However, he has not been charged with insurrection in relation to the Jan. 6 attack.

The U.S. Supreme Court has the power to settle the question of Trump’s eligibility to run in the 2024 presidential race, according to a recent ruling.

The voters’ lawyer characterized the ruling as a procedural one, highlighting that the court granted them the opportunity to revive their case for the upcoming November 2024 general election.

Mark Brewer, the attorney, expressed his disappointment with the Court’s decision. However, he also stated that they would persist in their efforts to uphold this crucial constitutional provision that is intended to safeguard our republic.

In contrast to Colorado, the Michigan Supreme Court did not make a determination on whether Trump was involved in insurrection. The justices affirmed the lower court’s rulings, which stated that the matter should not be decided by the courts for the primary election.

Michigan is one of the crucial swing states that will likely determine the outcome of the general election. Unlike the 14th Amendment challenges raised in other states, Michigan holds significant importance in the electoral landscape.

Andrew Goudsward, Jasper Ward, and Ismail Shakil reported on this topic. The editing was done by Richard Cowan, Paul Grant, Chizu Nomiyama, and Mark Porter.

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