Several groups across the country have tried to use the 14th Amendment to remove Trump from election ballots. What is the 14th Amendment? It was passed soon after the Civil War, to prevent Confederates from running for public office.
Democrats continue to accuse Trump of “insurrection” over the events of January 6th. Some of them have claimed that the 14th Amendment forbids Trump from running again, because of this. One Democrat backed down from trying to block Trump from the ballot after Americans pushed back.
But a little-known Republican, in a desperate attempt at building his longshot campaign, sued to block Trump from running for office. A lower court denied him, so he took it to the Supreme Court. And this is how the court ruled.
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to consider a case brought against Donald Trump seeking to prevent him from running in the 2024 election under the 14th Amendment…
Little-known Republican candidate John Anthony Castro sued the former president earlier this year over his ties to the Jan 6 riot, suggesting that his involvement should be grounds for disqualification…
The court denied the bid without providing any comment or recorded vote…
Castro brought his case to Washington, DC after a lower court dismissed it, saying he had no legal right or standing. [Source: The Post Millennial]
The 14th Amendment was passed to prevent Confederates from running because they were guilty of “insurrection” against the country. Some have claimed Trump did the same, despite his connection with the events of January 6.
The Supreme Court refused to even take up a case pushed by Republican John Castro. The longshot candidate thought he could help himself by suing to remove Trump from the ballot. But a lower court decided Castor had no legal standing to stop Trump from running.
The highest court in the land appeared to uphold this ruling, by not hearing this case. By rejecting it, they have prevented Castro from trying to make a case for the 14th Amendment. This will also hurt Democrats who are still trying to use the amendment to block Trump from ballots.
Currently, two more cases from other states are trying to use the 14th to prevent Trump from running. These might be DOA now, thanks to the Supreme Court.
Does this mean Democrats are done trying to undermine Trump’s campaign? Of course, not. The left continues to push the narrative that Trump is an “enemy” of democracy, due to the actions of other people. But this decision will make it much harder for anyone to argue that the 14th Amendment can be used against the former president.
Author: Bo Dogan