Illinois, the third state to bar Trump from the Republican primary because of insurrection

A courthouse in Cook County ordered the Illinois Board of Elections to remove Donald Trump from the Republican Party primary because of his role in the storming of the Capitol.

The decision was made by the Cook County district judge. Tracie Porterwho also issued an immediate stay of his own order to give the former president’s lawyers time to file an appeal until next Friday.

Next up is the Illinois Republican Party primary 19th March and after this court decision, the state becomes the third, after Colorado and Maine, where something similar is happening.

In all cases, the judges based their decisions on the so-called “prohibition of insurrection”. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment United States.

This now-famous section stipulates that no “member of Congress or officer of the United States” who has sworn an oath to the Constitution and “participated in insurrection or rebellion,” among other public offices, “shall be elected President or Vice President.” may be.

It was approved in 1868, after the Civil War, with the aim of preventing the southern rebels of the Confederacy, who had betrayed the Magna Carta, from returning to power.

In an unprecedented ruling, the Colorado judiciary ruled in December that the 14th Amendment disqualified the Republican from the “insurrection” of the 2021 attack on the Capitol, when a mob of Trumpists attacked Congress to prevent the ratification of Biden’s victory . Using the same argument, Maine election authorities also excluded Trump from the primary.

However, both of these decisions have been put on hold as Colorado’s decision was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which has not yet made a decision on the matter.

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The Supreme Court hearing took place on February 8, and in it the justices expressed reluctance to consider the national impact that upholding the state of Colorado’s decision to eliminate Trump could have on the November election.

Both the most progressive judges – and Sonia Sotomayor or Elena Kagan– as the most conservatives – including TS President John Roberts – expressed discomfort in their contributions with the idea that individual states interpret a candidate’s constitutional eligibility for national office.

Trump is the favorite to win the Republican nomination and meet the president again Joe BidenDemocratic candidate, in the November 5 presidential election.

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