The Minnesota Supreme Court rejected, on Wednesday, an attempt to prevent Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot in the Republican Party primaries for the 2024 presidential elections in this northern US state.
• Read also: In Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, his daughter Ivanka recuses herself
• Read also: Trump is trying to overshadow the third Republican debate in the US presidential election
“No state law prohibits a major political party from placing on the ballot in a presidential nominating primary a candidate deemed ineligible,” Chief Justice Natalie Hudson wrote in her decision. Thus, it rejects the request of voters who demanded that Donald Trump be excluded from the primaries. 2024 primaries and presidential elections.
The petitioners rely on Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits a person from holding public office if he or she engages in “rebellion or rebellion” after pledging to support and defend the Constitution.
The relevance of this legal tool, used given that Donald Trump violated his oath by attacking the Capitol on January 6, 2021, is debated among specialists.
The rejection in Minnesota comes at a time when legal efforts are underway to prevent the former president from running for the White House in several other states.
Despite its ruling, the Minnesota Supreme Court said it could still consider the presidential election petition at a later date if Trump actually wins the Republican nomination and another petition is filed.
The Republican billionaire must appear in federal court in Washington starting March 2024 over his alleged attempts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.