(PatriotWise.com) — Donald Trump has sued Michigan’s Secretary of State over efforts to keep his name off of the state’s 2024 ballot, the New York Times reported.
In a 64-page complaint filed on Monday, Trump’s legal team accused Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of creating “uncertainty” after she failed to respond to the Trump campaign’s communications about his eligibility.
According to the complaint, several parties have sued to prevent Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot in Michigan, claiming that he is ineligible to hold office under the 14th Amendment.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies anyone engaging in “insurrection or rebellion” from holding office.
Secretary of State Benson previously refused to disqualify Trump, saying she did not have the authority to determine who is disqualified under the 14th Amendment. Her refusal prompted a lawsuit requesting that the Michigan state court order Benson to disqualify Trump.
The Secretary of State has said she is monitoring the progress of the case.
A spokeswoman for Jocelyn Benson said on Tuesday that the Secretary of State’s Office would not comment on pending litigation.
On the same day Trump’s legal team filed in Michigan, a trial was underway in Colorado to determine whether Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election met the criteria under the 14th Amendment to disqualify him from office.
On Tuesday, the trial featured testimony from Peter Simi, an expert on political violence and extremism. Simi discussed Trump’s January 6 speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally when he repeatedly called for his supporters to “fight.”
Simi claimed that for “far-right extremists,” the call to fight, particularly in the context of January 6, “would be understood as requiring violent action.”
Similar lawsuits to disqualify Trump have also been filed in New Hampshire and Minnesota. Meanwhile, Democrat lawmakers in California asked the state attorney general in September to seek a court opinion on whether Trump is eligible to appear on the ballot.
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