Friday, December 1, 2023

Minn. Supreme Court Tosses Leftist Effort to Ban Trump from Ballot

'There is no state statute that prohibits a major political party from placing on the presidential nomination primary ballot, or ... supporting, a candidate who is ineligible to hold office...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Left-wing activists in Minnesota failed to get former President Donald Trump thrown off the ballot in the upcoming primary election after the the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected the latest lawfare attack on the GOP frontrunner, the Washington Post reported.

Those attempting to ban Trump argued that, according to the 14th Amendment, anyone who engaged in an “insurrection” could not hold public office.

Of course, in order to do so, they had to frame the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol as an “insurrection,” an ill-defined and highly subjective charge for which he was previously acquitted by Congress and has never been otherwise indicted.

Similar lawsuits have also been filed in Michigan and Colorado.

Although Minnesota’s left-leaning high court declined to weigh in on the insurrection matter, it made clear that it was reluctant to delve into political issues where the court would be seen as interfering in the democratic process.

According to Minnesota’s Chief Justice Natalie E. Hudson, the case was dismissed because it was not the court’s job to determine who is on the ballot, but rather, the party’s.

The primary election, she argued, is “an internal party election to serve internal party purposes.”

Citing “judicial restraint,” she also asserted that there were no other laws limiting the candidates that political parties could put forward.

“And there is no state statute that prohibits a major political party from placing on the presidential nomination primary ballot, or sending delegates to the national convention supporting, a candidate who is ineligible to hold office,” Hudson wrote.

Hudson’s reasoning, however, was limited to primary elections alone.

Therefore, the court did leave open the possibility that the former president could be struck from the ballot for the general election—a matter that would likely either go before the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of the 2024 election or else present a constitutional crisis of the utmost severity.

Nonetheless, Trump and his campaign team celebrated the victory.

“Congratulations to all who fought this HOAX!” he wrote on Truth Social.

“The voters who filed the lawsuit did not immediately comment on the decision or say what they planned to do next.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung echoed Trump, calling the decision “validation” that “the 14th Amendment ballot challenges are nothing more than strategic, un-Constitutional attempts to interfere with the election.”

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