Supreme Court rejects case to keep Trump off 2024 ballots

 October 8, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a case that tried to use the U.S. Constitution in an effort to keep former President Donald Trump off of 2024 ballots. 

The case, according to Newsmax, was brought by John Anthony Castro, a Texas tax consultant who has entered the Republican presidential primary race.

Many outlets are describing Castro as a "longshot" candidate, which is an understatement.

For Castro, however, this does not really matter. It appears that he entered the race for one reason, namely, to target and eliminate Trump.

Castro's bid

The reader may have seen that there are various anti-Trump groups around the country that are attempting to invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to disqualify Trump from running in 2024. This is what Castro is doing.

Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment states:

No person shall . . . hold any office, civil or military, under the United States . . . who, having previously taken an oath . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

Trump, obviously, took such an oath when he became president. As for the rest, the argument is that Trump "engaged in insurrection" with regard to the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021.

Legal experts have explained why this argument is absurd. It is so absurd, in fact, that many anti-Trump groups are hesitating to try it out for themselves.

This, however, has not stopped Castro. He has filed multiple suits in multiple states invoking this argument.

Castro loses . . . but pushes forward

Castro has now suffered at least two legal defeats, one at the lower federal court level and, now, one at the U.S. Supreme Court level. This past week, in an unsigned order, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court indicated that they will not hear Castro's case.

Many expect that, at some point, the justices will simply strike the Fourteenth Amendment argument down. But, for now, it appears that the justices are content to just ignore it.

In the meantime, Castro has made it clear that he will continue to try to get Trump removed from 2024 ballots.

After the Supreme Court rejected his case, he wrote:

The fight is far from being over. We’re going to get the liberal 9th Circuit to kick Trump off the ballot in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. Coupled with the 1st Circuit kicking him off the Maine ballot, there’s ZERO path to 270.

It is clear that Castro is merely one of those individuals who is living - politically - off of the hatred of Trump that continues to exist in certain parts of this country.

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