Michigan Legal Challenge: Trump Candidacy Under 14th Amendment Scrutinized

Michigan Legal Challenge: A Michigan group argues that a post-Civil War amendment bans Trump from running again. This is a pivotal moment in history.

This is the first time a rich group has tried to halt the GOP front-runner’s campaign in a swing state.

Free Speech For People alleges that Trump’s actions in the 2020 election and the Capitol attack breach the 14th Amendment. This Constitution clause bans holding public office for those who rebelled against it after swearing to uphold it.

This is Free Speech For People’s second attempt to stop Trump from running for president. The first one was filed in Minnesota. Despite court challenges nationwide, these two are notable as the first by well-funded organizations and the only ones by leftist groups.

Trump opposes efforts to remove him from the race, calling it “election interference.” In the C.O. case, his lawyers argued his actions violated his free speech rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court, which has yet to rule on this part of the Constitution, is likely where these cases will be heard.

Michigan is a key battleground as a swing state. Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, clarified in The Washington Post that section three doesn’t give her authority to remove Trump from the race.

The post-Civil War section three phrase is seldom used in U.S. history.

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