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Supreme Court rejects case to disqualify Trump in 2024 presidential race

Former President of the United States Donald Trump at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" hosted by Turning Point Action at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., July 24, 2022. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
October 02, 2023

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court rejected a case challenging former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to run for president in 2024 over his alleged role in the Capitol storming on Jan. 6, 2021.

John Anthony Castro, a long-shot candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, sued Trump earlier this year to prevent him from becoming president again “given his alleged provision of aid or comfort to the convicted criminals and insurrectionist that violently attacked our United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”

The nation’s top court denied the case without any recorded vote or comment.

Castro’s challenge insisted the 14th Amendment disqualifies Trump from holding future office due to his alleged connection to “insurrectionists.”  

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Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states:

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

Castro’s case stated that the framers of the 14th Amendment “specifically designed it to remove overwhelming popular pro-insurrectionists from the ballot.”

“As such, Castro is not simply within the ‘zone’ of interests; Castro is the precise type of person that the framers of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment specifically sought to politically protect while Trump is the precise type of person they sought to disqualify,” Castro said in court papers, according to CNN.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.