michigan supreme court rejects attempt to remove trump from ballot

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Former President Donald Trump will remain on the Michigan GOP primary ballot after the state’s Supreme Court rejected an attempt to remove him.

The court declined to take up an appeal to remove Trump based on the Constitution’s “insurrectionist ban,” a court document indicated Wednesday.

A lower court previously ruled that Michigan law does not give the secretary of state the power to determine Trump’s eligibility for the ballot under the 14th Amendment, which says anyone who took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution but then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” may no longer hold office.

The decision is a win for Trump, unlike a Dec. 19 ruling from Colorado’s Supreme Court that the former president was ineligible for the presidency and disqualified from that state’s primary ballot. Trump’s legal team has said it will appeal that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump responded to the Michigan ruling in a Wednesday post on his Truth Social platform, saying, “This pathetic gambit to rig the Election has failed all across the Country,” except in Colorado.

“We have to prevent the 2024 Election from being Rigged and Stolen like they stole 2020,” he wrote, echoing false statements that he’s repeatedly made about the 2020 presidential contest.

Trump’s eligibility for office is currently being legally challenged in at least 16 states, The New York Times reports. His actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have been repeatedly cited as the basis for his ineligibility for office.

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