Trump to Appeal ‘Unconstitutional’ Removal From Illinois Ballot

Donald Trump’s legal team will move swiftly to appeal the ruling of an Illinois judge who ordered Wednesday that the former President be removed from the state’s ballot. Illinois is now the third state to declare Trump ineligible for the ballot after officials in Colorado and Maine invoked the “Insurrection Clause” of the 14th Amendment. If the ruling stands, Trump would be disqualified from the March 19 primary in Illinois. Chicago-based Judge Tracie Porter has placed the order on hold until Friday to allow for an appeal.

Shortly after the ruling, Trump spokesman Steven Cheung issued a statement slamming the “unconstitutional ruling.”

“The Soros-funded Democrat front groups continue to attempt to interfere in the election and deny President Trump his rightful place on the ballot,” the statement read.

“Today, an activist Democrat judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state’s board of elections and contradicted earlier decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions. This is an unconstitutional ruling that we will quickly appeal. In the meantime, President Trump remains on the Illinois ballot, is dominating the polls, and will Make America Great Again!”

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In her decision, Porter cited as precedent the decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to disqualify Trump last month, calling the Court’s rationale “compelling.”

“The court also realizes the magnitude of this decision and its impact on the upcoming primary Illinois elections,” Porter said. “The Illinois State Board of Election shall remove Donald J. Trump from the ballot for the General Primary Election on March 19, 2024, or cause any votes cast for him to be suppressed.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Colorado case in the coming week. That verdict will also likely impact officials’ decisions in Illinois and Maine. Porter stated this week that she would place the order on hold if the Supreme Court’s ruling is “inconsistent” with her own.

In December, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows ruled that Trump was disqualified, citing the 14th Amendment. A Supreme Court ruling against Colorado would likely restore Trump to the ballot.

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Following Porter’s ruling, the Illinois Republican Party quickly issued a statement supporting the former President.

“As we’ve stated repeatedly, the Illinois Republican Party believes the people, not activist courts or unelected bureaucrats, should choose who represents them in the White House,” the state party wrote.

“This decision to remove President Trump from the ballot without due process is an affront to democracy and limits the voting rights of Illinois citizens.”

Former Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called the decision “the stuff of 3rd world banana republics,” continuing in an X post,

“If removing the front runner from the ballot isn’t rigging an election, I don’t know what is.”

“Vivek is correct,” replied Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz. Tech mogul Elon Musk commented, “This will backfire.”

According to a report by the New York Times, the U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of arguments to keep Trump off the ballot. The Court’s ruling is expected to be handed down in the coming days.

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