Massachusetts judge keeps Trump on the ballot for 2024 primary
The chaos that has been unleashed upon the nation amid the 2024 election has been interspersed with plenty of wins for the America First movement, and this week, President Donald Trump netted another victory in the state of Massachusetts.
According to CBS News, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Frank Gaziano struck down a petition that asked for President Trump to be made “ineligible” to appear on the state’s 2024 primary ballot.
The basis for this argument and many others like it is grounded in Section Three of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that no one who has engaged in an “insurrection or rebellion” can hold public office. The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 as a response to the unrest and societal changes that arose during the Civil War.
It is also important to note that President Donald Trump has not, at this point, been convicted of engaging in an insurrection or a rebellion against the United States.
Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung issued a statement in the wake of Justice Gaziano’s decision.
He wrote, “Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled to rightfully keep President Trump’s name on the ballot. This latest win is another crushing defeat for the Soros-funded, left-wing activist groups and their attempts to steal the election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden by disenfranchising millions of American voters.”
Via CBS, Justice Gaziano explained, “If there is any question whether the commission has the authority or jurisdiction to consider the petitioners’ objections regarding Trump’s eligibility to appear on the general election ballot, that question will not become ripe until, and if, he is selected as his party’s nominee for President.”
This opinion seems to indicate that the court would be willing to revisit the argument upon the president’s prospective victory as the Republican Party’s nominee this summer.
Trump has had multiple victories on the issue of the 14th Amendment challenges that have been brought over the past few months, but he’s also facing some courtroom battles, as well.
For example, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows decided to strip the president’s name from the 2024 ballot, leading to an outcry among Trump’s supporters.
However, the Maine Superior Court issued a temporary stay on Bellows’ controversial decision, pending a final ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, per RSBN.