Supreme Court Rules Trump is Not Disqualified

( – Former President Donald Trump saw a court victory on Monday after a case challenging his eligibility to run for re-election was struck down.

The US Supreme Court denied a case put forward in August by tax consultant and obscure GOP candidate John Anthony Castro. Castro argued that the former president should be disqualified from the race according to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which prevents anyone from holding an elected office if they’ve “engaged in insurrection of rebellion” or “given aid” to others doing so. The law was enacted as a result of the Civil War.

According to Castro, Trump supported an insurrection through his involvement in the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and therefore cannot hold office again. Castro argued in his lawsuit that by expressing sympathy toward participants of the riot on Capitol Hill, as well as stating he would potentially pardon some of those convicted if re-elected, Trump provided “aid and comfort” to people considered insurrectionists.

In August, Trump was indicted by the Justice Department on four counts related to the events of Jan. 6, including the same obstruction charge the former president believes Castro should face. Trump pleaded guilty to all charges during his arraignment, but not included in that indictment are charges of insurrection, hence why Castro’s case was dismissed.

After a lower court found a lack of legal standing in his case, Castro requested a higher court consider his appeal, but the Supreme Court denied the case without any recorded vote or comment.

This isn’t the only case attempting to argue that Trump is ineligible to hold office according to the 14th Amendment. A liberal group called Free Speech for People (FSFP) attempting to have Trump disqualified cited the amendment in a petition filed in the state of Michigan and also used the same argument in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota a few weeks prior.

Trump remains the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, and polls show he’s leagues ahead of all the other candidates.

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