Trump jubilant over Michigan ballot ruling

 January 1, 2024

Former President Donald Trump celebrated on Wednesday the Michigan Supreme Court's decision to reject the secretary of state's decision to remove him from the 2024 presidential ballot in that state, while continuing to say that Colorado should make the same decision.

“The Michigan Supreme Court has strongly and rightfully denied the Desperate Democrat attempt to take the leading Candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election, me, off the ballot in the Great State of Michigan,” Trump wrote Wednesday on Truth Social. “This pathetic gambit to rig the Election has failed all across the Country, including in States that have historically leaned heavily toward the Democrats.”

Michigan's high court ruled Wednesday to affirm an appeals court ruling that the secretary of state does not have the authority to remove Trump's name from the ballot.

The Democrat-controlled court said it was “not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court.”

Other states' actions

Michigan was the third state to try removing Trump from the ballot after Colorado and Maine.

In Colorado's case, the Supreme Court there arbitrarily decided in absence of any conviction that Trump participated in insurrection on January 6, 2021, and was ineligible to run for office under the 14th Amendment.

That ruling is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the secretary of state there said his name will remain on the primary ballot, due to be certified on January 25, unless the court rules on the case before that time.

Maine's secretary of state Shenna Bellows said Trump's name would be removed from Maine's ballot, but that decision is also on appeal to the Supreme Court.

"Rip the country apart"

Former Barack Obama advisor David Axelrod--a Democrat--said Friday on CNN that he believes removing Trump from the ballot would backfire and have serious consequences for the country.

"I have very, very strong reservations about all of this," Axelrod said. "I do think it would rip the country apart if he were actually prevented from running because tens of millions of people want to vote for him."

Trump is the frontrunner in the GOP primary by 30 to 40 points, depending on the poll, and he is running ahead of President Joe Biden in most swing state polls.

The public is well aware that he is accused of insurrection and faces numerous criminal charges. Most of his supporters believe that the charges against him are politically motivated and unwarranted based on his very public actions.

The public has made its own determination about Trump's guilt and how he is being treated by Biden's administration. As Axelrod said, "I think if you’re going to beat Donald Trump, you’re going to probably have to do it at the polls."

Voters who support him likely remember what the country was like under his policies and see them as preferrable to Biden's, which have led to widespread inflation, increased national debt, and an influx of millions of illegal immigrants into the country, among other failures.

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