Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Trump’s Effort to Be Removed from Arizona Ballot

Former President Donald Trump secured another legal victory on Tuesday as Arizona, along with several other states including Colorado, Delaware, Michigan, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and New York, failed in their attempts to prevent Trump’s name from being on the 2024 ballot.

The legal challenge, initiated by relatively unknown GOP presidential candidate John Castro and supported by progressive Attorney Generals in multiple states, was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes, an Obama appointee.

Judge Rayes deemed Castro’s suit, one of twenty-seven similar filings, lacking merit and accused Castro of attempting to use litigation to eliminate a political opponent without evidence to support the charges.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump is disqualified from seeking high office under a Fourteenth Amendment clause barring those engaged in sedition or insurrection.

Trump’s legal team successfully contended that his pre-January 6, 2021 expressions about election integrity were protected by the First Amendment.

They also argued that actions by key Democrats, including then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, fueled illegal behavior, and the Jan. 6 Select Committee suppressed relevant information.

Lastly, Trump’s attorneys asserted that the Fourteenth Amendment clause pertains to 19th-century Civil War-era activities and does not encompass comments or actions by Donald Trump before, during, or after his presidency.

Trump has gained public sympathy and backing, with many perceiving the numerous legal suits against him as politically motivated. He stands as the dominant frontrunner in the GOP race leading up to the election.