Liberal Group Targets Donald Trump

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

( – Liberal group, Free Speech for People, filed a lawsuit in Michigan attempting to have former President Donald Trump taken off the 2024 presidential ballot in the state over claims that he had violated the 14th Amendment.

This is the third legal challenge to whether or not Trump should be allowed to be on the ballot. Similar lawsuits have been filed in both Colorado and Minnesota. The Minnesota lawsuit was filed by the same group.

In Friday’s lawsuit, the group alleges that Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot disqualified him from running for federal office. The lawsuit also draws a comparison between former President Trump and those members who had been removed from their seats following the Civil War because of their support for the Confederacy. The lawsuit specifically cites Section 3 of the 14th Amendment in which it is stated that any person who had “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States” was ineligible from holding elected office again.

As they pointed out, the Capitol insurrection had forced Congress “to go into recess” and had led to the U.S. Capitol being occupied. They added that this had never been achieved by the Confederate forces. They further pointed out in the lawsuit that the insurrections had blocked the peaceful transition of power, which had again not been something that the Confederate rebellion had achieved.

The group added that Trump in his own words and actions had been a part of this insurrection and had given aid to those who participated in the insurrection, which should disqualify him from holding office again.

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