On Friday, the Oregon Supreme Court rejected a petition to remove Trump from the state’s 2024 election ballot.
Following the actions of several other states like Colorado and Maine, the petition to exclude Trump from Oregon’s ballot was based on the 14th Amendment, which suggests the disqualification of individuals from holding public office if they have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the United States.
Trump hasn’t faced charges related to insurrection or rebellion against the United States.
The lawsuit was filed with the Oregon Supreme Court by the far-left group Free Speech For People.
BREAKING: Oregon Supreme Court refuses to remove Trump from the ballot.— Mad Bull America (@america_mad) January 12, 2024
What's that phrase leftist like so much? "This is what democracy looks like" pic.twitter.com/KFKenzc7Wq
As of now, the Oregon Supreme Court has chosen not to take any action to remove Trump from the ballot. However, they have indicated that they will defer to decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
JUST IN: The Oregon Supreme Court won't hear a case challenging Trump's eligibility for the 2024 ballot, saying there's no authority for it at the primary stage.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 12, 2024
They leave the door open to revisit the issue after SCOTUS rules. pic.twitter.com/97OdIbgP01
Oregon Live reported:
The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a challenge from a voters rights group aiming to bar former U.S. President Donald Trump from the May primary ballot, saying it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.
The court’s decision comes after both Colorado and Maine last month barred Trump from their primary ballots, finding that he engaged in insurrection related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the Colorado decision Feb. 8.
“A decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding the Fourteenth Amendment issue may resolve one or more contentions (made) in this proceeding,” the Oregon Supreme Court said in its decision Friday. “Given that possibility, we deny (the petition) at this time, without prejudice to relators’ ability to file a new petition seeking resolution of any issue that may remain following a decision by the United States Supreme Court.”
Free Speech for People, the national nonprofit that filed the challenge, called the decision “disappointing.” They said in a statement that the Colorado case could be resolved by details specific to the state’s proceeding, meaning it would not apply to the case in Oregon.