On Friday, a progressive organization initiated legal proceedings to prevent former President Trump from appearing on Michigan’s 2024 ballot. They argue that he breached the 14th Amendment, thereby making him ineligible for the upcoming election.
This marks the third instance where Trump’s eligibility for the ballot has been questioned, with prior cases emerging in Colorado and Minnesota. The organization leading this charge, Free Speech for People, is also responsible for the Minnesota case.
The legal challenge contends that due to Trump’s purported involvement in the events of January 6, 2021, at the Capitol, he should be barred from contesting for any federal position.
Drawing historical parallels, the lawsuit likens Trump to certain Congress members who were ousted during the Civil War era due to their allegiance to the Confederacy.
The lawsuit references Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits any individual from holding an elected position if they have participated in “insurrection or rebellion against the United States.”
The legal document emphasizes the gravity of the January 6th events, noting the unprecedented nature of the Capitol’s occupation and the disruption of the peaceful power transition in the U.S., achievements not even realized by the Confederate rebellion.