Trump Off Another State’s 2024 Ballot?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that former President Donald Trump was allowed to continue being on the 2024 GOP primary ballot in the state, blocking the challenges against Trump’s candidacy relating to the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

The appeals court decided that the lower court decisions would be upheld without determining whether Trump needed to be disqualified from the race because of the 14th Amendment. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment blocks anyone who had taken an oath to the Constitution and had later “engaged in insurrection” from being allowed to hold office again.

The court in their ruling noted that it was not proper to determine whether or not Trump should be disqualified from holding office in the White House again, as so far the only event that they are dealing with is the presidential primary election. In terms of his name being included in the primary ballot of the state, the secretary of state has further claimed that they had “no discretion” in making the decision whether or not Trump should be allowed to be on the ballot.

The 14th Amendment clause that many have been trying to use against Trump relates to the Civil War, and it was meant to bar any politicians that had supported the Confederate from being allowed to hold office again unless Congress had provided them with amnesty. Following the Civil War, this amendment section was seldom used.

Challenges using the 14th Amendment against Trump have been filed in multiple states including Minnesota and Colorado.