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 October 31, 2023

Legal battle over Trump's ballot status begins in Colorado, Minnesota

Democrats are playing every single card they can find in desperate efforts to hamstring former President Donald Trump's 2024 presidential ambitions. 

One of the party's latest attempts is an effort to keep Trump's name off of state ballots next year. Sadly, the asinine movement gained enough traction to spark a legal battle, which, according to Axios, kicked off this week.

Dem Party activists latched on to the idea that the 14th Amendment could be used as precedent to keep Trump off the ballots, accusing him of engaging in an "insurrection" on Jan. 6, 2021.

Breitbart noted:

Trump faces legal challenges to appear on the ballot in multiple states based on his alleged role in the events of January 6, 2021. The plaintiffs cite the Fourteenth Amendment, which bans those who “engaged in insurrection” from holding federal office.

The issue is now playing out in two states, one in a Denver court and oral arguments in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Trump's attorneys have argued that the 14th Amendment was ratified after the Civil War, and only applied to those intending to wage actual war on the United States. They also argued that the former president didn't incite or engage in an insurrection.

The last and only time it was used was against two Confederate generals.

"Trump’s comments did not come close to ‘incitement,’ let alone ‘engagement’ in an insurrection," his lawyers wrote in a filing.

Breitbart provided background on who's behind the ridiculous attempt:

The case is sponsored and led by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). CREW has been funded in the past by Democrat Party operatives and fundraisers like David Brock and Norm Eisen and has received funding from George Soros’s political operation, including more than $1 million in 2017 alone.

"We are here because Trump claims, after all that, he has the right to be president again," he said. "But our Constitution, our shared charter of our nation, says he cannot do so," said Eric Olson, a lawyer for watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Since secretaries of state are in charge of a state's ballots, the battle to keep Trump off the ballots would play out in a state-by-state battle. Many believe the effort will ultimately fail.

Trump and his 2024 campaign do not seem worried about it, whatsoever.

The former president continues to dominate GOP primary polling and many polls pitting him against President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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