A liberal group in Minnesota has filed a petition to remove Donald Trump from the ballot in 2024.
A coalition of far-left activists and anti-Trump conservatives have embraced the fringe legal theory that Trump can't run for federal office under the 14th Amendment's "insurrection clause."
The language in that clause was adopted after the Civil War and has never been used to disqualify a major presidential candidate before.
New effort to block Trump
Free Speech for the People filed an 84-page filing in Minnesota's Supreme Court to block Trump from the ballot. The self-styled "non-partisan" group wants to abolish the Electoral College, a priority of the hard left.
The petitioners include former Minnesota Secretary of State Joan Growe, a Democrat, and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson.
"Voting is the foundation of our American democracy," Growe said in a statement. "This petition is the continuation of my work as Secretary of State to protect our democracy and uphold the United States Constitution."
Minnesota's Secretary of State Steve Simon, a Democrat, has stepped away from the controversy, saying it's on the courts to decide.
Trump was already impeached on the charges of insurrection and acquitted by the Senate. If Trump had been convicted, he would have been barred from federal office.
The push to disqualify Trump comes even as prosecutors aligned with the Democratic party seek to jail Trump in four separate criminal cases.
Notably, Trump has not been charged with insurrection or sedition in any of the four cases, including the so-called January 6th indictment in Washington, D.C.
Trump's campaign shared a letter from lawmakers in New Hampshire blasting the "absurd conspiracy" to keep Trump off the ballot, which has spread through several states.
"There is no legal basis for these claims to hold up in any legitimate court of law,” the letter says. "The opinions of those perpetuating this fraud against the will of the people are nothing more than a blatant attempt to affront democracy and disenfranchise all voters and the former President.”
New Hampshire's Secretary of State acknowledged Wednesday that he cannot unilaterally remove Trump, the likely presidential candidate in 2024, from the ballot.
Minnesota's Republican party urged the state's Supreme Court to "reject this fringe legal theory which is purposefully designed to prevent voters from having a voice in our elections."
It does not appear those backing this effort have grasped the irony of "saving democracy" by dictating which candidates the people may elect.