Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump-only primary ballot

Thanks to a recent decision by Minnesota’s state Supreme Court, President Donald Trump won’t face a primary challenge in the Land of 10 Thousand Lakes. 

The ruling comes as a blow to the campaign of California entrepreneur Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, who is contesting Trump’s spot as the 2020 Republican nominee.

“Mockery of democracy”

De La Fuente and Lake Elmo voter James Martin challenged a law that permitted the state party chair to decided who will be on the primary ballot.

“We’re challenging basically a process that’s made a mockery of democracy,” the Star Tribune quoted attorney Erick Kaardal as saying. Kaardal is representing both Martin and De La Fuente.

“It’s very sad that we’re going to spend $12 million [in] March on the presidential primary and they’re going to have only one candidate on the GOP primary ballot.”

However, in a 3-page decision, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said that the plaintiffs’ claim was lacking in merit. A more extensive explanation laying out the Court’s reasoning is expected to come later.

It wasn’t clear how the court would come down in the case, especially given a question that Gildea asked while listing to arguments.

“Isn’t there something disturbing about the idea that the state could effectively control who voters can be allowed to vote for?” the Star Tribune reported her as saying. “At the 50 thousand-foot level, isn’t that disturbing?”

Other contenders

De La Fuente isn’t the only Republican who is mounting a long-shot campaign against the president.

Former congressman and talk radio host Joe Walsh is too. Walsh says on his campaign website, “This is more than a fight for the presidency. It’s a fight for the heart and soul of our nation.”

Another is former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. At a campaign stop in Iowa this week, Weld accused Trump of having monarchical aspirations.

“He wants to be crowned King Donald of the United States. Maybe he’ll get away with it,” Weld speculated. “I think it is important for people to understand there is a choice for the Republican primary. There are distinct differences between me and Mr. Trump. I’m an economic conservative, I don’t think Mr. Trump is.”

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