Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role

Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role
Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role
Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role
Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role

Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role

Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role/AP

Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot Over Capitol Attack Role

A judge in Illinois has ruled that former President Donald Trump is barred from appearing on the state’s Republican presidential primary ballot due to his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Cook County Circuit Judge Tracie Porter issued the ruling, citing Trump’s violation of the anti-insurrection clause of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment. The decision is stayed pending an expected appeal by Trump, and similar challenges in other states may ultimately be decided by the US Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments related to Trump’s ballot eligibility.

Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot: Constitutional Violation and Voter Disqualification

Judge Porter sided with Illinois voters who argued that Trump should be disqualified from the March 19 primary ballot and the November 5 general election ballot. The ruling is based on the anti-insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding public office. The judge stayed her decision, anticipating an appeal by Trump to Illinois’s appellate courts and a potential ruling from the US Supreme Court.

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Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot: Historic Victory for Advocacy Group

The advocacy group Free Speech For People, leading the disqualification effort in Illinois, hailed the ruling as a “historic victory.” The decision aligns with actions taken by Colorado and Maine, which previously removed Trump from their state ballots under the same constitutional provision. Trump’s campaign spokesperson declared the ruling unconstitutional and announced swift plans for an appeal.

Judge Bars Trump from Illinois GOP Ballot: National Implications and Supreme Court Involvement

The ruling in Illinois reflects a broader legal battle over Trump’s eligibility for public office, with implications for the 2024 Republican nomination. The US Supreme Court, having heard arguments related to Trump’s ballot eligibility on February 8, is likely to play a decisive role in the final outcome of these challenges. Trump remains the national frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination despite these legal setbacks.

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