Landmark Ruling: Illinois Judge Bars Trump from 2024 Primary Ballot under 14th Amendment, Supreme Court to Weigh In

Cook County, Illinois – A judge in Cook County, Illinois, has ruled that former President Donald Trump is barred from the 2024 Republican primary ballot due to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, otherwise known as the “insurrection clause.” The decision overturns a previous determination by the Illinois State Board of Elections. Judge Tracie Porter has issued a stay on her ruling until Friday, in anticipation of an appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court or the Illinois Supreme Court. This ruling marks the latest development in an ongoing debate about Trump’s eligibility under the 14th Amendment, with the dispute ultimately expected to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 14th Amendment has been a subject of contention in many states, with conflicting rulings regarding Trump’s eligibility to hold office. Supporters of his disqualification argue that his conduct following the 2020 election, particularly his actions related to the events of January 6th, should render him ineligible for future office. On the other side, Trump vehemently denies any wrongdoing and criticizes the 14th Amendment challenges as anti-democratic.

During recent oral arguments in the case of Trump v. Anderson, the Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism about a state’s authority to deny a candidate access to the ballot as an “insurrectionist.” The judges raised doubts about whether individual states have the power to make such determinations.

Judge Porter’s ruling is considered a significant victory by Free Speech for People, a watchdog group assisting the voters who brought the 14th Amendment challenge in Illinois. Trump’s spokesperson swiftly responded to the ruling, calling it unconstitutional and promising a prompt appeal.

Given the complex nature of this issue and the differing opinions across the country, it is expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately settle the matter. If the Supreme Court rules counter to Judge Porter’s decision, her order will be stayed.

The ruling in Cook County adds another chapter to the ongoing legal battle over Trump’s eligibility for future office. As the debate continues, the outcome will have significant implications for the political landscape and the interpretation of the 14th Amendment. The decision will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of Trump’s political career and could set a precedent for similar cases in the future.