Michigan Appeals Court Confirms Trump’s 2024 Primary Eligibility

On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld President Donald Trump’s eligibility for the 2024 GOP primary ballot in the state. The decision, which supports the rulings of a state trial court, dismisses the challenge based on the 14th Amendment.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung welcomed the ruling and emphasized the strength of President Trump’s position in next November’s general election. “President Trump remains undefeated against these frivolous legal claims and has never been in a stronger position to win next year’s election,” Cheung said in a statement.

The legal challenge, spearheaded by the group Free Speech For People on behalf of Michigan voters, argued that Trump should be disqualified from the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This section bars those who engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding federal office. However, the Court of Appeals deemed the challenge as “not ripe” procedurally and refrained from ruling on whether Trump specifically fell under the 14th Amendment clause.

The Court’s opinion stated, “As the Court of Claims recognized, it would be improper to decide whether to grant a declaration that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President of the United States at this time.”

The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel centered on the timing and relevancy of the challenge. “With respect to the presidential primary election, there is no actual controversy, as the only purported basis for removing Trump from the presidential primary ballot would not be a sufficient basis for removal of Trump’s name from that ballot,” the Court explained.

Similar challenges to Trump’s candidacy have arisen in other states, including Colorado and Minnesota. However, none have successfully barred him from appearing on the ballot. In Colorado, a judge found that Trump “incited” the Capitol riot but did not extend the 14th Amendment’s disqualification to the presidency.

The Michigan ruling is set against a backdrop of national political turmoil and legal disputes over Trump’s eligibility. Cheung pointed out the political implications of the ruling, criticizing President Joe Biden’s administration and its supporters. “Joe Biden remains a failed president whose popularity and support has crumbled from coast to coast. Biden’s cronies have turned to the courts in an undemocratic, last-ditch attempt to stop the American public from throwing them out of power,” Cheung stated.

President Trump’s political opponents, such as former Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer and part of the plaintiffs’ legal team, expressed disappointment with the decision but vowed to seek a further appeal. “We’re already working on an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court. This is about the primary election ballot, and there could be another dispute coming if he’s the nominee,” Brewer said.