Lansing, Mich. (FOX 2) – Should Donald Trump be on the ballot in the Michigan primary?
It’s a question that election officials in other states are considering after the former president was indicted in four separate cases, including in Washington, D.C., where he is accused of trying to overturn the 2020 election.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson previously said she was waiting for legal scholars to weigh in on the issue facing her office. It seems he has now settled on one answer: no.
“It’s not even appropriate for a state to give the Secretary of State the authority to do that… The bottom line is, it’s not about us,” he told Politico. in a story Published this week.
Two weeks ago, Benson told FOX 2 there may be evidence that Trump has violated the Constitution, adding, “There is a lot of evidence to suggest interference in an effort to change the will of the people.”
Instead, that decision should be left to the US Supreme Court.
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The core of the argument lies in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
Oakland University political science professor Dave Dulio previously said that if efforts to keep Trump off the ballot succeed, it will only strengthen his base.