Trumps kicks off the Jan 6 insurrection
A Michigan judge on Tuesday shut down an effort to use the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” to remove Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot.
The judge separately ruled that Michigan’s secretary of state doesn’t have the power under state law to determine Trump’s eligibility for office based on the constitutional amendment.
The rulings mark a major victory for the former president, who has a commanding lead in the 2024 Republican presidential primary race, according to recent polling.
In a ruling that came down Tuesday, Judge James Redford said that the request is a “political question” and not a question to be decided by the courts.
However, the judge said there is no decision on the general election yet.
“The question of whether Donald J. Trump is qualified or disqualified from appearing on the 2024 general election ballot in Michigan is not ripe for adjudication at this time,” the judge ruled.