OAN’s Stephanie Stahl Reports:
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Trump’s Eligibility for 2024 Presidential Run
A case questioning former President Donald Trump’s ability to run for the White House in 2024 has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The lawsuit, brought by John Anthony Castro, an unpopular candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, alleged that Trump should be disqualified due to his alleged involvement in the January 6th, 2021, breach on the U.S. Capitol.
Castro cited Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States from holding federal or state office.
The case was initially dismissed by a federal judge, and Castro appealed to both the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
While Castro is not considered a serious contender for the 2024 GOP nomination, there are at least two other ongoing lawsuits against Trump under the 14th Amendment.
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By Andrew Chung, September 29, 2023 – 8:04 AM PDT
How did the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Castro’s case affect Trump’s eligibility for a 2024 presidential run?
R similar claims. However, the dismissal of this particular case by the Supreme Court suggests that Trump’s eligibility for a 2024 presidential run remains intact.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States shall be disqualified from holding federal or state office. Castro argued that Trump’s alleged involvement in the January 6th, 2021, breach on the U.S. Capitol falls under this provision and therefore disqualifies him from running for president in 2024.
The federal judge initially dismissed Castro’s case, deeming it without merit. Castro then sought appeals in both the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and finally the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court’s rejection of the challenge indicates that they do not consider Trump’s alleged involvement in the Capitol breach as meeting the criteria for disqualification under the 14th Amendment.
It is worth noting that Castro holds an unpopular position in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. While he may not be taken seriously as a contender, his lawsuit raises questions about other ongoing lawsuits against Trump with similar claims. These lawsuits will likely face the same scrutiny, and the Supreme Court’s decision in this case may set a precedent for their dismissal as well.
Overall, the Supreme Court’s rejection of the challenge to Trump’s eligibility for a 2024 presidential run reinforces the notion that he remains eligible to run for office. Despite the ongoing legal battles and controversies surrounding his actions, Trump’s political ambitions seem unaffected. As the 2024 election cycle approaches, it will be interesting to see how these lawsuits’ outcomes and public perception may impact the former president’s candidacy.
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