Judge dismisses Trump ballot lawsuit in Rhode Island

November 28, 2023

A federal judge in Rhode Island dismissed a challenge to remove former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot.

U.S. District Court Chief John McConnell Jr. tossed out the 14th Amendment challenge on Monday.

The lawsuit

"John Anthony Castro, a little-known 2024 Republican presidential candidate, filed the lawsuit, along with several more in other states," the Daily Caller reported.

"The Supreme Court declined in October to hear Castro’s appeal in his case filed in Florida. The First Circuit Court of Appeals found last week that Castro lacked standing to bring his New Hampshire lawsuit," it added.

Castro's claims

"Castro had advanced a 14th Amendment-based argument, claiming that Trump should be banned from appearing on the ballot because his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the Capitol and said that attempts to overturn the 2020 election made Trump an insurrectionist," the Messenger reported.

"A post-Civil War addition to the Constitution, the 14th Amendment includes a provision banning insurrectionists from holding public office," it noted.

The Trump campaign speaks

“Earlier today, a federal judge in Rhode Island dismissed yet another frivolous 14th Amendment challenge to President Trump’s ballot eligibility in 2024," Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement.

"Courts in Colorado, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Michigan have all dismissed similar claims by political actors seeking to interfere with the presidential election and help the failing campaign of Crooked Joe Biden. President Trump remains undefeated in beating back these spurious claims," he continued.

An appeal remains in the Colorado case, with the state's Supreme Court expected to hear the case in one more attempt to block Trump from the ballot.

The legal efforts have all failed so far, leaving Democrats looking to Trump's other legal battles to help slow his comeback bid for the White House next year.

The election is currently shaping up to be a Trump-Biden rematch, with a growing number of Democrats concerned that the results could end differently next time as the president's approval rating has plummeted in recent months over a variety of concerns ranging from inflation, the border crisis and international affairs.

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